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Donald Trump was once paid in gold bars driven into the Trump Tower apartment

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Donald Trump was once paid in gold bars wheeled into the Trump Tower apartment, new book claims as he faces a sweeping $250 million lawsuit from New York AG Letitia James for “lying about the value of his property.”

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming book entitled “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” ​​and obtained by CNNreveals new details about his business dealings, including the payment of the gold bar.

She wrote that Trump sometimes received rent payments in cash and that a leaseholder once gave him the gold bars that covered the cash portion of a parking garage lease.

The parking garage was in the General Motors building in Manhattan, purchased by Trump in 1998.

According to Haberman’s book, Trump had no idea what to do with the gold bars.

He told Matt Calamari, who was a security guard turned CEO of Trump’s Organization, to move the bars to his apartment in Trump Tower.

But it is not known where the gold bars ended up. CNN reported that Calamari’s lawyer did not comment and it was called a “fantasy question” by Trump.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s upcoming book called “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” ​​and obtained by CNN reveals new details about his business dealings, including the payment of the gold bar

According to Haberman's book, Trump had no idea what to do with the gold bars.  Pictured: Maggie Haberman

According to Haberman’s book, Trump had no idea what to do with the gold bars. Pictured: Maggie Haberman

It comes after the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against Trump was announced yesterday.

Letitia James announced the charges against the former president at a dramatic news conference on Wednesday, citing a document accusing Trump and his three adult children of pumping real estate well above their real valuations when seeking loans to fund his business. expanding real estate empire.

James said the president and his children were involved in “countless cases of fraud” in a legal move that appears to take away his ability to do business in her state for years.

She specifically mentioned Trump and his three adult children, Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump, saying they were “continually” inflating asset values.

Trump hit back at James, who is black, calling her “racist” and accusing her of bringing the matter up to help her “really bad polls.”

“Another witch hunt by a racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who failed in her run for governor, gained almost no support from the public, and is now underperforming against the Law & Order AG candidate, highly respected Michael Henry,” it wrote. Trump in a message on Truth Social.

“I never thought this case would be brought up – until I saw her really bad poll numbers. She’s a con man who campaigned on a ‘get Trump’ platform, despite the city being one of the crime and murder disasters of the world under her watch!’

Donald Trump accepts Gold Bullion from APMEX CEO Michael Haynes as a down payment for a commercial lease for the 50th floor at 40 Wall St. on Thursday, September 15, 2011 in New York.  According to Maggie Haberman's new book, a leaseholder once gave him the gold bars that covered the cash portion of a parking garage lease.

Donald Trump accepts Gold Bullion from APMEX CEO Michael Haynes as a down payment for a commercial lease for the 50th floor at 40 Wall St. on Thursday, September 15, 2011 in New York. According to Maggie Haberman’s new book, a leaseholder once gave him the gold bars that covered the cash portion of a parking garage lease.

Letitia James, pictured, announced the lawsuit against the former president at a dramatic news conference on Wednesday, citing a document accusing Trump and his three adult children of pumping up real estate far above their actual valuations in seeking into loans to expand its real estate empire

Letitia James, pictured, announced the lawsuit against the former president at a dramatic news conference on Wednesday, citing a document accusing Trump and his three adult children of pumping up real estate far above their actual valuations in seeking into loans to expand its real estate empire

Despite the apparent extravagance of being paid in gold, there were times when Trump sailed close to the wind.

Trump once had to borrow several million dollars from one of his own executives, George Ross, Haberman reports.

Ross would only tell the author that it was to “cover a situation that was resolved very quickly” and not to make the payroll. Ross appeared as one of Trump’s advisers on NBC’s ‘The Apprentice’

She also recounts a time when “allegedly threatened to go public with rumors that Malcolm Forbes, the late owner of Forbes magazine, was gay” while the magazine was preparing a report saying that Trump’s net worth far below his own claims.

That issue — the amount of Trump’s net worth — was a key part of James’ allegations on Wednesday.

The gold bars had to sign a lease for the parking garage in the GM building

The gold bars had to sign a lease for the parking garage in the GM building

Haberman also recounts a time when

Haberman also recounts a time when “allegedly threatened to go public with rumors that Malcolm Forbes, the late owner of Forbes magazine, was gay” as his magazine prepared a statement about his true worth.

Trump once had to borrow several million dollars from one of his own executives, George Ross, Haberman reports.  Ross appeared as one of his advisors on 'The Apprentice'

Trump once had to borrow several million dollars from one of his own executives, George Ross, Haberman reports. Ross appeared as one of his advisors on ‘The Apprentice’

“Indeed, Mr Trump announced through… [Trump Organization CFO Allen] Weisselberg that he wanted his assets on the Statements to increase — a wish that Mr. Weisselberg and others have carried out year after year in their fraudulent preparation of the Statements,” according to her 222-page lawsuit.

The suit says those inflated statements went into the financial statements Trump used to obtain loans.

Trump also spoke to the author about being a real estate developer in New York City in a deal with the mafia or “mob-controlled” entities, without mentioning that he was fully aware.

“Well, anyone who has built in New York City, whether you’ve dealt with them indirectly or didn’t even know they existed, they did exist,” the former president said. “Well, you did business, you had contractors and you don’t know if they were mob or checked or maybe not checked, but I’ll tell you sometimes it’s very hard to make an offer. You would get one offer, it would be a high end disappointing offer. And then there was no one else to bid,” Trump said.

Haberman also recounts a time when Trump argued with the Securities and Exchange Commission over a misleading profit statement. Accounts at the time said Trump was not personally involved.

But adviser Alan Marcus told Haberman Trump that “personally drafted a draft of the release in question and made existing forecasts more rosy,” the book said.

Trump answered a question from Fox News host Sean Hannity in his Wednesday night sit-down about his financial statements. Hannity told him that a lender doesn’t “just rely on the borrower’s estimate of the valuation of a particular property,” after James accused him of making false statements in those documents to get loans.

Trump replied, “First of all, these are banks with the best law firms in the world, the biggest and best and most powerful. They do their own work. They don’t count on us.’

Then he continued, “We have a disclaimer and we put it together, my people put it together. I’d look into it and it looks good, but it’s not overly important. What matters is the ownership – I have the best property… We have a disclaimer on the front and it basically says, you know, get your own people, you’re at your own risk.”

“Claiming you have money you don’t is not tantamount to the ‘art of the deal. It’s the art of stealing,” James said at her Wednesday press conference, referring to Trump’s famous book.

James said Trump’s financial statements were “highly inflated, grossly exaggerated and objectively inaccurate.”

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