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And trump and his Culties whine incessantly about a $50K per month Hunter Biden received.....and won't say a word about this one.  Hypocrisy?  Of course......


trump and his "Culties" (I like that)  have double standards, hypocrites.  Wouldn't it have been something if trump's brother was guarding Epstein ?


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Company with ties to Trump’s brother Robert awarded $33 million government contract  

 

A company in which President Trump’s brother has a financial stake received a $33 million contract from the U.S. Marshals Service earlier this year, an award that has drawn protests from two other bidders, one of which has filed a complaint alleging possible favoritism in the bidding process.

 

The lucrative government contract, to provide security for federal courthouses and cell blocks, went to CertiPath, a Reston, Va.-based company that has since 2013 been owned in part by a firm linked to Robert S. Trump, the president’s younger brother.

 

After the contract was awarded, an anonymous rival bidder filed a complaint with the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general, alleging that CertiPath failed to disclose that “one of the President’s closest living relatives stood to benefit financially from the transaction,” according to a copy of the July 22 complaint letter obtained by The Washington Post. 

 

“The circumstances of this contract award, and what appear to be CertiPath’s efforts to obscure Mr. Robert Trump’s financial interest in the company even as it trades on the Trump name, present the appearance of preferential treatment for those who are close to the President,” said the complaint, which was sent by Venable, a Washington law firm, on behalf of the client.

 

Dismas N. Locaria, a Venable lawyer who signed the complaint letter, declined to disclose the name of his client.

 

A phone message left for Robert Trump through Trump Management, of which he is president, was not returned.

 

CertiPath’s president and founder, Jeff Nigriny, said in a statement that Robert Trump “is one investor in an entity which holds a minority interest in Certipath” and that “he is exclusively a passive investor, has no management role whatsoever, is not an officer or director, and his name has never been used or mentioned by Certipath in any solicitation for a government contract, whether state or federal.” 

 

Nigriny said that the company is unaware of the complaint filed with the Justice Department’s inspector general. 

 

The company specializes in digital security and verifying online identities.

“Certipath has never used the Trump name in any way, and to do so would be completely inconsistent with our business practices and ethics,” Nigriny added.

 

While the contract has been awarded, so far no money has been paid out.

 

That’s because a second company, NMR Consulting of Chantilly, Va., also filed a protest against the bid with the Government Accountability Office on July 1.

 

That bid protest has led to a “stop work order” on the contract, said Drew Wade, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. 

 

“There’s no money being spent with CertiPath until this issue is resolved,” Wade said. 

 

Wade added that the U.S. Marshals Service had no knowledge of the allegations that a member of the president’s family has a financial interest in CertiPath, nor about the complaint to the inspector general.

 

The NMR complaint is about a separate issue and “has nothing to do with the president or his relationships,” Wade said. 

 

NMR did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment. 

 

The inspector general has not initiated a review of the matter, according to a public listing of their reviews regarding the Marshals Service. A spokeswoman for the inspector general declined to comment further.

 

Once regularly spotted in New York society circles, Robert Trump has spent his recent years largely out of the limelight.

 

He followed Donald Trump into the family real estate business in New York and held senior positions in the Trump Organization. In the 1980s, he served as an executive vice president at the company and was involved in the Trump Organization’s casino operations in Atlantic City. 

 

One recent book about Trump’s litigious history cites an anecdote about Robert Trump enduring Donald Trump’s wrath in a meeting with bankers from Bear Stearns about the Trump Taj Mahal casino.

 

After a comment Donald Trump didn’t like, “Trump stood up and pointed his finger near Robert’s face, angrily saying, ‘You talk when I tell you to talk!’” according to the book by James D. Zirin, called “Plaintiff in Chief: A portrait of Donald Trump in 3500 lawsuits.” 

 

Robert Trump has been a steady donor to Republican candidates and state committees over the years, including a $100,000 donation to the “Trump Victory” political action committee in 2016, according to Federal Election Commission data.

 

“I support Donald one thousand percent,” he told the New York Post that year. 

Robert Trump, who reportedly lives in New York’s Dutchess County, is also the president of Trump Management, a company that is listed on President Trump’s financial disclosure form.

 

Through this company, the two brothers appear to have a financial relationship: the company is 25 percent owned by the “Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust,” which is a trust fund of the president’s assets that Trump can withdraw money from at any time. The other 75 percent of Trump Management is owned by “Trump Family Members,” according to the president’s financial disclosure form. 

 

Robert Trump has also invested in other companies outside of real estate; he is listed as a board member of ZeniMax Media, a Rockville, Md.-based video game maker.

 

Robert Trump’s stake in CertiPath is through SHiRT LLC, an investment partnership including the younger Trump and CertiPath’s chief executive, Shawn R. Hughes. On the CertiPath website, Hughes’s biography mentions that he is the managing partner of SHiRT LLC. It does not indicate Robert Trump’s percentage of ownership.

 

In 2013, CertiPath was acquired by two entities; one of them was SHiRT LLC, according to a CertiPath news release from October of that year.

 

Since then, CertiPath has been paid at least $13 million in U.S. government contracts, more than $6 million of which came after Trump took office, according to an analysis of data from the Federal Procurement Data System.

 

But the contract announced on June 25 by CertiPath appears to be the company’s biggest haul yet: a “highly-coveted contract,” as the company described in its announcement at the time, to upgrade and manage “physical access control systems” for the U.S. Marshals Service including at judges chambers, courtrooms, cell blocks, and firing ranges. 

 

“Our decade-long strategy is being validated,” Nigriny said in a statement at the time. 

 

But the award was quickly challenged by other bidders.

 

Locaria, the Venable lawyer, said that he has made follow-up calls to the inspector general’s office since he sent the letter in July, but he has yet to receive a response. He said his client’s motivation was “shining a light on whether this was appropriate.” 

 

Beyond the potential conflict of interest, the complaint letter also alleges that CertiPath should not have won the contract based on the company’s experience. 

 
“CertiPath, which primarily provides information technology products related to digital identification, appears to lack the basic program management skills and experience required to provide the physical security” for these U.S. Marshals Service needs, the letter said.

 

Nigriny disputed that and said the company’s “technical abilities and operational history are, in our opinion, more than adequate to perform under the contract in an exemplary manner.” 

 

Company with ties to Trump’s brother Robert awarded $33 million government contract 

 

And trump and his Culties whine incessantly about a $50K per month Hunter Biden received.....and won't say a word about this one.  Hypocrisy?  Of course......


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