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Calk meet Barrel...Updated with County Tax & Mortgage

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Posted on April 12 2018


Steve Calk meet hammer...

On August 5, 2016, then candidate Donald Trump announced the members of his Economic Council. In the email announcement which linked to a pdf Trump stated:

I am pleased that we have such a formidable group of experienced and talented individuals that will work with me to implement real solutions for the economic issues facing our country," 



And right there on page 1 in black and white text, Stephen M Calk, I took the liberty of archiving this pdf from Trump’s campaign website. You can download the 2 page document via this 👉🏻Link 


But let’s back up for a minute to tie in Paul Manafort, Stephen Calk, Calk’s soon to be ex-wife, the Pentagon and Trump. Good lord, it’s all so exhausting. Below is a brief timeline of events which should help you understand the chronology of events:


Manafort + Calk + Trump = Manafort/Gate Indictments

  • March 23, 2016 - Manafort Joins Trump Campaign 
(Some argue about who brought Manafort in to the Trump Campaign, I maintain it was Thomas Barrack)
  • June 1, 2016  - Manafort misses mortgage payment to Genesis Capital on his 377 Union Property aka Brownstone
  • August 5, 2016 Trump officially names Calk to his economic council
  • September 20, 2016 Genesis files in NY State Court Foreclosure 377 Union
  • December 2016, Calk’s bank Federal Savings loans Manafort Co, SummerBreeze, LLC $9.5M
  • January 27, 2017 Federal Savings Bank issues TWO loans = $6.5 M to both Manafort and his Wife
  • January 28, 2017 Genesis Capital withdrawals Foreclosure Action

updated 4/12/2018 at 8:14 PM to include Suffolk County Tax & Mortgage info and NYC Building Stop Orders. Bloop👇🏻


Sidebar, Stephen & Donna Calk are party to what appears to be a highly acrimonious divorce. From all appearances, this has been a near 4 year war of the roses style-divorce. The reason I am bringing this up, in February of 2018 a local Chicago ABC afflitate repoted that Mrs. Calk served her soon to be ex-husband multiple subpoenas regarding loans granted to Paul Manafort.

See February 2018 ABC report 👉🏻 Link👈🏻  


The only problem is when you search Cook County Court Records, you can see Multiple Entries of subpoenas see Lexis Nexis Cook County 👉🏻link👈🏻 but there’s no way to determine what’s being subpoenaed, so keep that in mind.

On the same day in February, it was largely reported that Calk had contacted The Pentagon, as Maddow explained in her segment. The buried nugget is Calk did contact the Pentagon.



As detailed in today’s (4/12/18) 👉🏻letter from Rep Cumming & Rep Lynch to Mr. Stephen Calk:


  • This new information provided by DOD appears to confirm at least part of the underlying allegation, which is that you were actively inquiring with the Pentagon within days of the presidential election about a high-level position that would have required the advice and consent of the Senate,” (emphasis added)
  • “DOD’s letter does not explain why you were inquiring about the confirmation process..”
  • “DOD’s response was also limited in that it apparently focused only on your communications with the Department of the Army rather than all DOD elements...”
  • ..”letter states that ‘the Army was not involved in any personnel decisions regarding Mr. Calk, and did not engage in any communications regarding Mr. Calk with Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, or other individuals affiliated with President Trump's campaign.’  


February 2018 Letter to DOD re Calk:

After numerous news reports, Rep Cummings & Lynch sent a 2 page 👉🏻 letter to the Pentagon and specifically asked Sec Mattis the following questions and requested additional information and documents surrounding Calk’s communications with the DOD. 

The optics point to Trump/Manafort in a potential “pay to play” scheme. As in actual quid-pro-quo. Meaning that on the surface, the appearance looks as though, Calk granted Manafort $16+M in loans which translated to about 23.5 percent of the institution’s total capital, for a high level Cabinet position with in the Trump Adminstration. The letter reads in part:

  • “First, DOD reports that, eight days after the President’s election, the Army’s Chief of Staff “had the opportunity to engage Mr. Calk on November 16, 2016, when he provided remarks at a Business Executives for National Security (BENS) luncheon in Chicago.”
  • Second, DOD reports that “Army administrative personnel recall receiving a telephone call from Mr. Calk sometime in November of 2016 regarding the confirmation process in general.”

Suffice to say this is not the last chapter concerning Stephen Calk. Not by a long shot.

Back in 2014 CitiMortgage purchased loans from Chicago Bancorp. According to the lawsuit, which seeks more than $4.5 million in damages, CitiMortgage stated:

  • “Eighteen of those loans contained inaccurate information, including misrepresentations of a borrower’s income, employment or debt, according to the lawsuit.
  • The contract with Chicago Bancorp required Chicago Bancorp to repurchase loans that were defective.
  • Chicago Bancorp formally dissolved in 2012
  • The Federal Savings Bank continued Chicago Bancorp’s business, and Chicago Bancorp’s assets were transferred to The Federal Savings Bank and its holding company, National Bancorp Holdings.

You can read the lawsuit via this GPO 👉🏻link . It as if everyone in Trump and Manafort orbit have more shady deals than our collective National Forrest.


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1 comment

  • Thomas: June 11, 2019

    What does this Manafort/Calk fiasco have to do with
    MadDog needs a much better bone . . .

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