FBI raid on Ald. Burke of­fices more about the Chicago Way than Trump

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - OPINION -

We can un­der­stand why so many peo­ple sus­pect the FBI’s Thurs­day raid on the of­fices of Ald. Ed­ward M. Burke was tied to the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Af­ter all, the pow­er­ful 14th Ward al­der­man was Trump’s lead lawyer for years in chal­leng­ing prop­erty-tax as­sess­ments for his down­town sky­scraper, Trump Tower Chicago, and Cook County’s prop­erty tax sys­tem is widely be­lieved to fa­vor the rich.

But trust us. It ain’t that.

When we look a lit­tle more closely, it’s abun­dantly clear the feds aren’t look­ing into Burke be­cause of Trump. At least not for now.

Con­sider:

◆ The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing han­dled by the pub­lic cor­rup­tion squad of the Chicago FBI of­fice, not by in­ves­ti­ga­tors for Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller.

◆ Fed­eral agents raided both Burke’s City Hall of­fice and his ward of­fice, in­di­cat­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volves a city gov­ern­ment deal. Had they been in­ter­ested in Trump’s re­la­tion­ship with Burke, they would have hit up Burke’s law of­fice, where at­tor­neys who han­dled prop­erty taxes for Trump Tower Chicago most likely keep their records.

◆ Sun-Times re­port­ing so far in­di­cates there’s no pres­ence of Trump in the Burke probe. “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,” our main story reads. “That means, for now, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion isn’t fo­cused on Burke’s prop­er­ty­tax-ap­peal work for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, or Burke’s over­sight of a city work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion fund, among other mat­ters.”

No­body can say where this might lead. But, for now, we’re think­ing this is more a Chicago Way kind of thing.

THE IN­VES­TI­GA­TION IS BE­ING HAN­DLED BY THE PUB­LIC COR­RUP­TION SQUAD OF THE CHICAGO FBI OF­FICE, NOT BY IN­VES­TI­GA­TORS FOR SPE­CIAL COUN­SEL ROBERT MUELLER.

SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES

Peo­ple be­lieved to be fed­eral agents re­move equip­ment and boxes from the South Side of­fice of Ald. Ed Burke on Thurs­day.

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