On Thursday morning, the FBI raided the City Hall office of Edward Burke, a Chicago Alderman who is the former tax accountant to Trump for 12 years – walking out with boxes and computers.
It is unknown whether the raid has anything to do with Trump – No arrests have been made, or are imminent, according to the Tribune, citing a law enforcement source, while confirming that agents did not search Burke’s law office.
Burke issued a statement following the raid, predicting that he would not be taken down by the federal investigation.
By 1:30 p.m., federal agents had left Burke’s ward office with boxes, at least three monitors and what appeared to be a computer.[…] The agency’s Chicago office later confirmed the searches. In response to questions about the raid at Burke’s City Hall office, FBI Special Agent Jeanine Wheeler issued a one-sentence statement: “Agents from the FBI are executing search warrants at multiple locations today.”
Burke has been the longtime chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee – where he has controlled a large degree of City Hall’s legislative purse strings since 1969. He is running for re-election for a record 14th term, and his wife, Anne Burke, was just sworn in Thursday morning to another term on the Illinois Supreme Court.
Ald. Howard Brookins, who has offices next to Burke’s at City Hall, said he didn’t know what was going on behind the brown paper covering Burke’s office doors. But he questioned whether federal agents would conduct raids of an official set to stand for re-election in February.
“I listen to the news and read the papers, and I thought they didn’t do anything that close to an election, so it’s shocking to me as to how you, or why something like this would happen some 90 days before an election,” Brookins told a scrum of reporters.
Burke’s wife, Anne Burke, just won retention to another term on the Illinois Supreme Court. She was sworn-in during a private ceremony Thursday morning in Chicago.
Burke, who is celebrating his 50th year on the council, holds the record for Chicago’s longest-serving alderman.
Burke’s father Ald. Joseph P. Burke died of lung cancer while in office – and has held the position ever since.
As Trump’s former tax attorney of 12 years, Burke negotiated savings of more than $14.1 million in taxes by convincing the city to lower the value of condos, hotel rooms and retail spaces owned by Trump.
Chicago Sun Times states, “Burke’s firm also handles appeals on property taxes on the AT&T building, 225 W. Randolph, now owned by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. The telecommunications giant sold the property to Kushner and leases it back from him under an agreement that calls for AT&T to pay the real estate taxes. AT&T uses Burke’s firm to seek property tax cuts on the building.”
Burke, 74, parted ways with Trump in June, citing “Irreconcilable differences.”
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