It begins…more likely prosecution of Trump corporate tax fraud coming first because it’ll always be about strong cases.
The Trump Organization is expected to be hit with criminal charges as soon as next week by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office in a case that Trump attorneys say is tied to tax-related conduct, multiple people familiar with the matter tell NBC News.
Ron Fischetti said that “the corporate office will plead not guilty and we will make an immediate motion to dismiss the case against the corporation.”
Also potentially facing charges is the company’s longtime CFO, Allen Weisselberg, The Times reported.
NBC News confirmed this week that investigators had also been probing Matthew Calamari, the former Trump bodyguard who’s now the company’s chief operating officer. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the focus on Calamari, cited people close to the matter who said Calamari was being investigated over whether he received tax-free fringe benefits from the company.
Vance has been investigating a variety of allegations of financial improprieties against Trump’s company. Court documents show that Vance is probing “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” which could include falsifying business records, insurance fraud and tax fraud.
“Gaslighting is when you bullshit with other ridiculous rhetoric to take attention away from what’s really happening, like the Trump Organization being criminally charged for Tax Fraud and what will be revealed as money laundering.”
“Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has indicated he does not currently plan to charge the Trump Organization with crimes related to allegations of “hush money” payments and real estate value manipulations, according to a personal lawyer for Trump.”
Tick Tock… there will be plenty of prosecutions remaining for the successor to the current DA.
Then there’s the Feds.
As exemplified by the decision suspending Giuliani, that culture, at its best, seeks to vindicate factual truth and the rule of law — values entirely anathematic to Trump. Which is why the lawyers could never really be on his side.
To be sure, Barr’s rectitude that day doesn’t excuse his earlier kowtowing to Trump or his politicization of the Justice Department. And what Barr had done to precipitate his confrontation with Trump — issuing a bombshell public statement that the Justice Department had found no significant electoral fraud — didn’t exactly arise from high-minded motive: Karl reports that then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had prevailed upon Barr to make the announcement, fearing that Trump’s campaign to overturn the presidential election would cost their party the Senate.
Chart the distractions this week….