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Exclusive: Falwell steered Liberty University land deal benefiting his personal trainer
Reuters ^ | 8/27/2019 | Aram Roston and Joshua Schneyer

Posted on 08/27/2019 2:42:21 PM PDT by MAGA_patriot

LYNCHBURG, Va. (Reuters) - Evangelical leader and prominent Donald Trump backer Jerry Falwell Jr personally approved real estate transactions by his nonprofit Christian university that helped his personal fitness trainer obtain valuable university property, according to real estate records, internal university emails and interviews.

Around 2011, Falwell, president of Liberty University in Virginia, and his wife, Rebecca, began personal fitness training sessions with Benjamin Crosswhite, then a 23-year-old recent Liberty graduate. Now, after a series of university real estate transactions signed by Falwell, Crosswhite owns a sprawling 18-acre racquet sports and fitness facility on former Liberty property. Last year, a local bank approved a line of credit allowing Crosswhite’s business to borrow as much as $2 million against the property.

Falwell, one of the most influential right-wing Christian leaders in the United States, has been buffeted by disclosures about his private dealings over the last year and a half.

A Florida lawsuit brought public scrutiny to a relationship between the Falwells and Giancarlo Granda, a young man they befriended while he was working as a pool attendant at a luxury Miami Beach hotel and later backed in a business venture involving a youth hostel. Falwell filed an affidavit in 2018 saying he used his own wealth to lend $1.8 million to the $4.65 million project with Granda.

And U.S. President Trump’s now-jailed fixer, Michael Cohen, has said he helped the Falwells suppress racy personal photos, as Reuters reported this May, in the months before Cohen persuaded Falwell to endorse Trump’s 2016 White House bid. There is no evidence that Cohen’s efforts to suppress the photos were a quid pro quo for Falwell’s vital political backing.

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KEYWORDS: falwell
grifters gonna grift
1 posted on 08/27/2019 2:42:21 PM PDT by MAGA_patriot
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To: MAGA_patriot

et tu Falwell?


2 posted on 08/27/2019 2:43:09 PM PDT by dp0622 (Bad, bad company PeoTill the day I die.)
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To: MAGA_patriot

“scrutiny to a relationship between the Falwells and Giancarlo Granda”

Is this sort of thing illegal?

I mean, if the Falwells owned or even managed the property and wanted to see this guy get part of it, why not?

Nobody has ever helped a friend via a land deal before?

Look at the last names. This is one they’ll slip under the carpet when they call Falwell a racist the next time.


3 posted on 08/27/2019 2:48:05 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This space for rent.)
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To: MAGA_patriot

“And U.S. President Trump’s now-jailed fixer, Michael Cohen...”

Never ones to take a pass on tossing out slanders at the president.


4 posted on 08/27/2019 2:49:33 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This space for rent.)
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To: MAGA_patriot

Reuters? I don’t consider left-wing Reuters to be much more than another arm of the communist propaganda machine.


5 posted on 08/27/2019 2:50:31 PM PDT by Nothingburger
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To: DoughtyOne

Oops, Crosswhite was the individual in this transaction.

The reference to Granda was regarding another situation.

It really bothers the Left when people on the right have wealth and use it as they see fit.


6 posted on 08/27/2019 2:52:15 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This space for rent.)
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To: MAGA_patriot

i guess, but friends help friends.

Did Falwell commit a CRIME?

Or does it just make people in the Fake News biz ANGRY that a guy who runs a private conservative religious institution of higher education can also be wealthy?

I’ll apply OCCAM’S RAZOR.


7 posted on 08/27/2019 3:21:52 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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i guess, but friends help friends.

Did Falwell commit a CRIME?

Or does it just make people in the Fake News biz ANGRY that a guy who runs a private conservative religious institution of higher education can also be wealthy?

I’ll apply OCCAM’S RAZOR.


8 posted on 08/27/2019 3:21:52 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: MAGA_patriot; dp0622; SoFloFreeper

Is it not right for a man to do what he wills with what is his ?


9 posted on 08/27/2019 3:50:32 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true..)
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To: MAGA_patriot

So?


10 posted on 08/27/2019 4:00:01 PM PDT by sport
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used his own wealth to lend $1.8 million to the $4.65 million project with Granda.

He'll never get over Macho Granda.


11 posted on 08/27/2019 4:59:48 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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grifters gonna grift
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Apply common sense after a quick view of your sign up date and brief history of posts and you come to another conclusion:

Liberal trollers gonna troll.


12 posted on 08/27/2019 6:26:17 PM PDT by bramps (It's the Islam stupid!)
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To: MAGA_patriot

Where’s the report by Reuters on millions of dollars Boxer and Reid made on real estate deals suing the influence of their offices?

And welcome to FR.


13 posted on 08/27/2019 6:54:09 PM PDT by unlearner (War is coming.)
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To: unlearner

suing => using


14 posted on 08/27/2019 6:54:37 PM PDT by unlearner (War is coming.)
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