The award Trump’s holding there is from the “American Academy of Hospitality Sciences”, a group Trump says he has no connection to:
Though he prefers to have it presented from Joey No Socks. https://t.co/0BtkxuyU3R— Schooley (@Rschooley) June 26, 2023
In a conversation with Yahoo News on Thursday morning, Trump denied he had any involvement with the ratings group, which has bestowed numerous five- and six-star ratings on his properties.
“I mean, I receive awards from different places sometimes, but I’m not involved in it. How am I involved in it?” said Trump.
Trump indicated he didn’t know much about the academy’s board of trustees — on which he, two of his sons and multiple members of his organizations have served. He also claimed he doesn’t know Cinque well.
“He may have set up a board of trustees. I don’t know. I don’t know that my sons are involved with that, actually,” Trump said, adding, “But he’s a very nice man. I don’t know him well. I don’t know him well, but I have found him over the years to be a very nice man.”See, the problem is:
Trump recently held one of the top three slots on the organization’s board of trustees, with the ostentatious title of “Ambassador Extraordinaire.” Members of Trump’s family and multiple executives at his company, the Trump Organization, have also sat on the academy’s board of trustees, which selects award winners. Cinque runs the academy out of his apartment on Central Park South in Manhattan, just blocks from Trump Tower.But the sinker is this photo:
Legal experts: 'Devastating' Trump audio 'as close to a smoking gun as you can get' https://t.co/KhlqRBZKmN— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 27, 2023
Speaking to the Fox News network about the transcript after it was released, Trump swore it was all fake news. “There was no document. That was a massive amount of papers and everything else talking about Iran and other things. And it may have been held up or may not, but that was not a document. I didn’t have a document, per se. There was nothing to declassify. These were newspaper stories, magazine stories and articles.”So, two things:
"One, as a former prosecutor, it makes my hair stand on end a little bit to see this in the public domain," she said. "Prosecutors try to keep this stuff safeguarded so you can't have witness tampering and crowdsourcing of defenses. Now people can because this is in the public domain. But as a matter of evidence, this is really powerful evidence. We had seen some verbatim quotes from this recording that was in the indictment, but to hear the whole thing play out, I think, is incredible evidence. And at trial, it will not just be this recording that's played in a vacuum. They will have to authenticate this document, this recording, with someone who was there. So, whether it is the biographer or the publisher or one of the two staffers, one or more of them will have to be there."Yeah, this tape shouldn’t be out there. People are saying it takes Trump down in the court of public opinion, but this gives Trumps’s lawyers information they might not otherwise have. But the horse is out and that barn has burned down. The other issue is that they have to put on witnesses to present this tape. And those witnesses will have been there, in the conversation, and can testify that the documents were not “newspaper stories, magazine stories, and articles.”
It doesn’t matter. The question of “declassified” doesn’t apply to the charges. And was it real, or was it a story? The witnesses in court will answer that, not Trump. And Hannity won’t even be in the same state when it happens.
Hannity plays the tape on Fox and says: That does not confirm for me whether or not specifically this document was declassified or not. Was that actually the real document or was it a story he was telling? pic.twitter.com/pNk5nxixnB— Acyn (@Acyn) June 27, 2023