In yet another example of “Oh, Look! Trump MUST be guilty. That’s his lawyer being raided” the mainstream media latched onto the past professional relationship of President Donald Trump and Chicago machine operative and tax lawyer Edward Burke when his offices were raided on Thursday. Federal agents stormed the place and covered the windows with brown paper. They later did that at his City Hall office.
Edward Burke is an alderman and is chairman of the city’s finance committee.
National news sources, desperate to see his tax returns for some reason, went with the Trump connection:
Burke’s law firm of Klafter & Burke has worked with Trump’s companies repeatedly to reduce the property tax that Trump Tower and his other properties in Chicago have had to pay, according to the Sun-Times.
Over his 12 years working for Trump, Burke was allegedly able to cut the property taxes on the downtown tower by more than $14 million.
Burke stopped working for Trump this summer, citing “irreconcilable differences” in letters filed with the Illinois State Property Tax Appeal Board.
The Chicago Sun-Times offered information that was more detailed, and much closer to home considering the offices raided were in Chicago government:
The exact nature of their visit was not known, but Ald. Burke (14th) has dodged dozens of federal investigations over five decades in Chicago politics.
A source told the Sun-Times the raids were in response to new allegations, and not prompted by any past controversies that have swirled around Burke. That means, for now, the investigation isn’t focused on Burke’s property-tax-appeal work for President Donald Trump, or Burke’s oversight of a city workers’ compensation fund, among other matters.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago is not answering questions from the media, although agents were seen removing material through the back door.