Thursday Reads: Accountability For The Trump Crime Family?
Posted: May 20, 2021 | Author: bostonboomer | Filed under: morning reads, U.S. Politics | Tags: Allen Weisselberg, Cyrus vance Jr., Donald Trump, January 6 commission, Jennifer Weisselberg, Letitia James, Matt Gaetz, Michael Cohen, Trump crime family, Trump Organization |
By Arne Kavli
We appear to be inching closer to the possibility that Trump and his minions could actually be prosecuted. It hasn’t happened yet, but news has broken over the past few days that suggests that real accountability could be coming for the Trump crime family.
Bill Chappelle, Andrea Bernstein, and Ilya Marritz at NPR: What We Know So Far About The Trump Organization Criminal Investigation.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating former President Donald Trump’s business, the Trump Organization, “in a criminal capacity,” her office says, ratcheting up scrutiny of Trump’s real estate transactions and other dealings.
The state attorney general is joining forces with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has been conducting a separate criminal inquiry into Trump’s business practices and possible insurance or financial fraud as well as alleged hush money payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump before he became president….
Dorothy Weir Young, “Seated Girl Reading Newspaper,” 1930
The new collaboration between the state and local offices is an unusual event in itself: In New York, the attorney general and the district attorney have historically been rivals. But in this case, they’re working together.
Two assistant attorneys general have now joined the district attorney’s team of prosecutors. They’re all trying to unravel troves of complicated information, including millions of pages of tax returns and other documents related to how the Trump Organization operates in the U.S. as well as its sprawling international enterprises.
With the shift in focus from James’ office, we now know that both of these prosecution teams are making a determined and coordinated effort to sift through evidence of possible crimes.
Read the whole article. It’s a good summary of where things stand right now. Here’s the latest breaking news on the investigations:
The New York Times: Top Trump Executive Under Criminal Investigation Over Taxes.
The New York attorney general’s office has been criminally investigating the chief financial officer of former President Donald J. Trump’s company for months over tax issues, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The office of the attorney general, Letitia James, notified the Trump Organization in a January letter that it had opened a criminal investigation related to the chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, the people said. The investigators have examined whether taxes were paid on fringe benefits that Mr. Trump gave him, including cars and tens of thousands of dollars in private school tuition for at least one of Mr. Weisselberg’s grandchildren….
Auguste Macke, Woman reading
The focus on perks and Mr. Weisselberg overlaps with the Manhattan district attorney’s long-running criminal fraud investigation of Mr. Trump and his family business. The district attorney’s office has been investigating the extent to which Mr. Trump handed out fringe benefits to some of his executives, including Mr. Weisselberg, and whether taxes were paid on those perks, The New York Times previously reported.
In recent weeks, Ms. James’s office suggested to the company in a new letter that it had broadened the criminal investigation beyond the focus on Mr. Weisselberg, one of the people said. It was unclear how the inquiry had widened.
In general, fringe benefits — which can include cars, flights and club memberships — are taxable, though there are some exceptions. Companies are typically responsible for withholding such taxes from an employee’s paycheck….
In addition to the fringe benefits, Ms. James and the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., have examined whether Mr. Trump’s company inflated the value of his properties to obtain favorable loans and lowered the values to reduce taxes.
More details from CNN:
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Wow! Even though I believe it just seeing it in print is pretty shocking. Cohen may have been a piece of crap in his day but he has experience under the bigger piece of crap and knows him for sure!
That would be my guess, except for Ivanka. She seems to be the only person on the planet he has any feeling for. A weird and rather revolting amalgam of feelings, but feelings nonetheless.
But she’s also the only family member with enough smarts to commits lots of good fraud (going all the way back to some kind of real estate in Baku, per a years-old New Yorker article I remember). So if he wants to protect her, biggish IF, who will he try to throw under the bus instead? Not himself, I think Cohen is right.
I think he would try to protect Ivanka, but she is more involved in the criminality than the others.
Errrrr-yuk. It’s a cult.
Good. I hope it lasts.
I was reading Rubin’s column, and she seems to have the same stance as the US Ambassador under, I think, Clinton: rebuild Gaza on condition that Hamas gives up its rockets.
Then they have to explain to Gazans why they can’t have nice things, and that reduces their clout.
I can see the logic.
But it reduces the power of the people with the rockets, so I’m not sure how to headlock them into doing it. Right now, whenever power gets wobbly, Hamas creates some potholes on the other side of the fence, Israelis respond by turning everything to rubble. Mission accomplished for Hamas, who gets to keep parasitizing the citizenry because everybody is too furious/scared to get rid of them. Mission accomplished for Israel, who have re-weakened the Palestinians and prevented them from being any kind of counterparty to Israel.
If this situation didn’t serve Israel’s agenda too, I think they’re smart enough to see they’re being played by Hamas. But it does. Hamas and Netanyahu feed on each other.