Sometimes, folks, the truth is stranger than the fiction.
Certainly, there have been numerous occasions during this tumultuous two years of Trumpian politics in which this is truer than not. We have seen violent vitriol the likes of which we can only imagine existed in the pre-Civil War building of the 1850’s. We have seen the American flag itself burned by Antifa and other terror groups, who look to secede from this nation…much like the south wished to secede in the first affair.
This time, instead of the Carolinas leading the way, it’s California.
Now, in the case of one former acquaintance of the President, a peculiar penthouse robbery has Americans on edge.
Paul Manafort’s one-time banker had his Manhattan penthouse burglarized overnight, a mysterious break-in that saw a briefcase, iPad and sneakers stolen from the residence, law enforcement sources familiar with the case tell News 4.
David Fallarino, dubbed Manafort’s “front office banker” at Citizens Bank by the Huffington Post, told authorities he left the terrace door of his West 58th Street home open before he went to sleep Monday, the sources say.
Fallarino, 38, said he heard a noise around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and went out to find a crow bar on the terrace, the sources say. There were no apparent signs of forced entry, the sources say, but Fallarino reported his wine cabinet was open and there was a bottle of wine on the floor. The briefcase, iPad and sneakers were the only items missing; the contents of the first two were unknown.
The sources did not have any information on a possible suspect or suspects. Repeated attempts to reach Fallarino were unsuccessful; an assistant at Citizens Bank said he was on vacation and declined to comment. Citizens Bank also declined corporate comment, referring questions to the NYPD.
There will undoubtedly be more talk of similarities between this and Watergate by the mainstream media, who are looking to disparage the President as much as possible.