If he said something — I hate to use the example — it's like Ramses from 'The Ten Commandments': So it has been said, so it shall be done. That is how the Trump Organization works. — Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney
If he said something — I hate to use the example — it's like Ramses from 'The Ten Commandments': So it has been said, so it shall be done. That is how the Trump Organization works. — Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney
New York prosecutors are treating the Trump Organization like it's the mob
  • NY prosecutors examining the Trump Organization seem to be treating it like it's run by mobsters.
  • Similar to mob organizations, the Trump Org is run by family members who prosecutors want to "flip."
  • Prosecutors may seek racketeering charges, used in both organized crime and business contexts.
When Donald Trump built Trump Tower, he made an unusual decision.

He wanted to build with concrete, when in the 1970s and 1980s large steel beams built the skeletons of most skyscrapers. To supply the massive amount of concrete needed, he paid inflated prices to a company run by Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno and Paul Castellano, the respective heads of the Genovese and Gambino crime families. Trump and Salerno shared a personal lawyer, Roy Cohn, at the time.

Salerno and Castellano were later put behind bars for racketeering. Now Trump is locked in prosecutors' crosshairs, and the criminal investigations into his and the Trump Organization's finances sure look a lot like mob investigations.

... Like many mob organizations, the Trump Organization is a family business.


The former president inherited it from his father, Fred Trump. After he was elected to the presidency in 2016, he left it in the hands of his two eldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr. His eldest daughter, Ivanka, left her executive position at the company to join his White House staff.

Though the Trump Organization reportedly has around 20,000 employees, it's run by a tight inner circle. And members of that inner circle who don't have the last name "Trump" typically have been with the company for decades.

Trump hired Matthew Calamari, the company's chief operating officer, as a bodyguard in 1981 after seeing him tackle someone at the US Open. Calamari's son also now has a prominent security role in the company. And Jason Greenblatt worked on legal issues for the Trump Organization for two decades before joining his presidential administration. Chief Legal Officer Alan Garten has worked for the company since 2006. Ron Lieberman, the executive in charge of management and development, has stuck around since 2007.

Michael Cohen — who worked for Trump for more than a decade as an executive and personal lawyer before testifying against him before Congress and federal prosecutors — has likened the Trump Organization to a "cult:" everyone listens to the leader, people don't talk about what it's really like to the outside world, and no one ever leaves.

"If he said something — I hate to use the example — it's like Ramses from 'The Ten Commandments': So it has been said, so it shall be done," Cohen said in 2019 testimony to the House of Representatives. "That is how the Trump Organization works."

... Trump's links to organized crime in his real estate career extended beyond building Trump Tower. When he built casinos in Atlantic City in the 1980s, he leased properties from two mob-linked figures, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation.

"They are not bad people from what I see," Trump said in 1982.

In 2016, Trump had a different approach to mobsters. He said that organized crime led only to trouble.

"When you have those relationships, in the end, you lose," he told the Wall Street Journal. "You can solve some problems short term, but long term, you've got a disaster."
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