Ex-NYPD official: Trump got star treatment from gun bureau

NEW YORK (AP) — A disgraced former commander in the New York Police Department’s gun licensing bureau says President Donald Trump and his eldest son were among celebrities and donors who got licenses without proper credentials.

Former Lt. Paul Dean pleaded guilty in August to a conspiracy to bribe licensing officers in exchange for favorable treatment for clients he would help get the coveted permits.

In a court filing Wednesday, Dean’s lawyers said the bureau had a history of giving star treatment to certain applicants.

They cited several powerful people who got licenses without normal vetting, including Trump, his former lawyer Michael Cohen and Donald Trump Jr.

The filing did not suggest the Trumps or Cohen did anything wrong or were aware of any bribes.

Representatives of Trump and his son did not immediately comment.

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