Friday, May 24, 2024

Trump Plans NY Fundraiser While on Trial, Co-hosted by Ex Con In-Law, Jets Owner, Gristedes Chief: $844,000 Per Person


Howard Lutnick — the head of Cantor Fitzgerald — lost his brother and most of his company on September 11, 2011 when Saudi terrorists attacked the World Trade Center.

Now Lutnick is the chief host for a mega billionaire fundraiser for Donald Trump, a man who loves the Saudis and does a lot of business with them. He let them get away with the brutal murder of American journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, too.

The event is set for May 14th, three days before the high school graduation of Barron Trump. Presumably it will take place in New York since Trump will likely still be on trial in his hush money case.

Other hosts include Charles Kushner, ex con and father of Jared, who made billions with the Saudis and is Trump’s son-in-law; Gristedes owner John Catsimitidis is also a host; so is New York Jets owner Woody Johnson; billionaire John Paulson; Cuban born sugar billionaire Pepe Fanjul; billionaire landlord and one time Trump witness Steve Witkoff, and hedge funder Omeed Malik, who was dismissed — according to the New York Times — from Bank of America in 2018 after an internal investigation into a young female banker’s accusation of inappropriate sexual conduct. Malik has his own firm now and is a minority partner in the neo-right Daily Caller.

According to the invitation, single tickets to be part of the Chairman’s group of the dinner go for $844,600 — you either donate it or raise it. Cheaper tickets are $250,000 or $100,000. The latter may get you a seat by the kitchen.

You can imagine the rogues gallery of possible guests including Tucker Carlson and other right wingers who would mortgage their homes to support the first American president to be a defendant in a criminal trial, and also termed a “rapist’ by the judge in a civil case. Who wouldn’t want that honor?

More to come…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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