New developments as Cyrus Vance Jr., the prosecutor overseeing the investigation, enters his final weeks as Manhattan District Attorney.
Happy Thanksgiving. We're going to catch up on one of the most high-profile criminal investigations the Manhattan District Attorney's Office has ever conducted, its probe into Donald Trump and his family business. We'll also look at the paragraph that started Thanksgiving as we know it. Image
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New developments suggest that the long-standing criminal investigation into Donald Trump and his family business is back to its original goal - Trump 's st information on the value of his assets in the search for loans.
If provides themIf they conclude that Trump intentionally submitted false valuations to potential lenders, they could claim that he has engaged in a fraud model.
Four of my colleagues - Ben Protess, William K. Rashbaum, Jonah E. Bromwich, and David Enrich - write that prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office have issued new summons for files on buildings of offices, hotels and Trump's golf courses. Prosecutors also questioned a banker at Deutsche Bank, who has loaned Trump hundreds of millions of dollars over the years.
And earlier this month -Here they said to Matthew Calamari: a Trump executive which had come under scrutiny , that they did not intend to indict him in the alleged system tax evasion which led to charges against Trump's company and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg.
Taken together, the developments suggest prosecutors have moved away from these tax matters.
The change comes as District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. prepares to step down at the end of the year. Trump and his company denied wrongdoing, calling for investigation a politically motivated witch hunt by Vance, a Democrat who n 'did not seek re-election for a fourth term.
Vance initially indicated that he wanted to decide whether to press charges against Trump. He is running out of time. It can take months for prosecutors to present their case to a grand jury.
And so, after more than three years of investigating Trump, Vance will have to maybe relinquish the decision to his successor, Alvin Bragg .
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The paragraph that led to Thanksgiving as we know it is in this book Image Credit ... New York Historical Society
What would the two men who wrote the book on First Thanksgiving say the way we celebrate it now?
They didn't say much when this first gathering, 400 years ago.
Michael Hattem , co-curator of a exhibition at the New-York Historical Society which includes the book in question (above), told me the Thanksgiving holiday was built on a paragraph at the bottom of a book published in 1622 - and a footnote when this passage was reprinted in the mid-19th century.
How different those terse beginnings were from the Macy 's Thanksgiving Day Parade, back in full force this year with what my colleague Julia Jacobs called " all its pomp filled with helium and the joy of the holidays brand. And what would people who attended the first Thanksgiving say about our preparations at home? According to one estimate, Americans will spend almost $ 1 billion on turkey for Thanksgiving this year, $ 144 million more than last year, partly because of the the price per pound jumped .
Thanksgiving history resumed after the Civil War, according to the historian Philip Deloria , as "the American mythmakers discoveredgreen that the Pilgrims, and New England as a whole, were perfectly presented as National Founders: white, Protestant, Democrat and with an American character centered on family, work, individualism, freedom has and faith. Over the years, history has been taught and re-taught, even though "teachers today aim for less pageantry and a little more complicated history", Deloria wrote in 2019 .
Hattem stated that the passage from the 1622 book was" not a detailed account of what happened "on the first Thanksgiving. Edward Winslow, who wrote the book with William Bradford, "did not attach the kind of importance to the event " he assumed 220 years later when the Reverend Alexander Young notedlaughs the footnote.
Hattem said that Winslow, who wanted to encourage more people to leave England and settle in the American Colony, was concerned about the alliance between the settlers and the indigenous Wampanoag tribe led by the man he called Massasoit (actually a title, not a name, according to Deloria). The Wampanoags “weren't just coming to help the settlers or to celebrate,” Hattem said. They wanted "a political alliance that would protect them from the Narragansetts," a tribe in Rhode Island.
"Winslow is leaving it all aside," Hattem said.
All of this was largely forgotten until the release of Young's book, "Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers ". "It identifies this scene from Winslow's diary as the first Thanksgiving in quotes and includes a footnote that literally says it was the first Thanksgiv.ing "said Hattem. In her account, Deloria wrote: " Such half-thoughts is the story. "
Sarah Hale , an influential editor who gave the world the rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb " campaigned to make Thanksgiving a public holiday. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared not one, but two days of thanksgiving - the first, in August, for the triumph of the Union in sburg, and the other on the last Thursday of November. In 1941, 200 years after Young's book, Congress declared it a federal holiday .
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As I entered the Columbus Circle subway station to take the D train to Brooklyn, I noticed a man playing the keyboard and asking for donations.
He was an older man - although probably younger than I was 72 - and people nearby didn't seem to be listening to him. I got closer and, a pianist myself, quickly realized that he was excellent.
I deposited some money in his box, and when he finished the song he was playing, I told him his style reminded me of Erroll Garner.
His face s 'is enlightened, we hit our fists and he said Erroll Garner was his idol. He started playing a well-known Garner standard, and I said it was one of my favorite songs to play.
He paused for a while.
"Would you like to play together? He asked.
It has been well over a year since I played with anyone, but he got me made room and we started a duet. Our styles clicked right away and the people at the station started approaching and throwing money into his box.
With my train still not there, he asked me if I knew "I Wish I Knew How it would Feel to Be Free " by Nina Simone, another song that I love.
We started by alternating solos and increasing more people gathered and donated.
So as we came to a big conclusion, he asked me my name and then introduced me to the crowd as if I were his special guest.
- Michael Esterowitz
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Glad we were able to meet here. Until tomorrow. And, once again, Happy Thanksgiving. - JB
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