Today is Donald Trump Jr’s 43rd birthday. Yes, apparently he was a “tax deduction” baby. His parents made sure he exited the womb before the New Year rang in so they could expense him on their tax returns. How touching, huh?
Junior’s sister, Ivanka, thought she would wish her older brother a happy birthday on Twitter, but her posting wasn’t exactly a wise move:
Best brother and uncle? Really? Be sure and note that Ivanka didn’t call her brother the best dad in the world. Good thing, because he cheated on the mother of his five children, which led to their divorce. Don Jr. is now hanging out with former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who at times resembles a mythical griffin hopped up on Bolivian Marching Powder.
From the responses Ivanka’s birthday tweet received, it’s incredibly clear that most of the country despises her and all of her fellow Trump spawn:
For his 44th birthday, let’s all hope Junior is wearing an orange jumpsuit and going through Twitter withdrawal.
Determined to go down in the annals of 2020 history, Trump-loving attorney Lin Wood made an explosive claim on Twitter that quickly set off mockery and scorn.
This is just the latest salvo of batshit conspiracy theories from Wood, who came to prominence by agreeing to represent accused Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse. On Wednesday, Wood suggested that Chief Justice John Roberts had played a role in the death of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Oh, and Roberts also adopted two children with the assistance of convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein:
Once again on Thursday, Wood brought up the subject of Epstein, who allegedly hanged himself while in federal custody awaiting trial.
Epstein, according to Mr. Wood, is alive and well:
Did Wood offer any proof of his assertion? Of course not; he has none. He’s just trying to draw attention to himself and slag Justice Roberts because the Supreme Court refused to hear any of Donald Trump’s harebrained 2020 election lawsuits.
It didn’t take long before social media lit into Wood and suggested he might need to seek professional help for whatever mental disorder he’s suffering from. Even those who support Trump criticized Wood:
Here’s some free advice for Lin Wood: If you have indeed located Jeffrey Epstein, call Donald Trump and let him know. After all the two were best buds for decades and even allegedly raped underage girls together. You know what they say: Birds of feather flock together.
On Tuesday, we learned that the office of Manhattan District Attorney had hired a forensic accounting firm to help with the growing financial fraud investigation being conducted into Donald Trump, members of his family, and the Trump Organization.
The purpose of hiring FTI Consulting, according to the Washington Post was “to look for anomalies among a variety of property deals, and to advise the district attorney on whether the president’s company manipulated the value of certain assets to obtain favorable interest rates and tax breaks.”
And that, Andrew Weissmann, a former prosecutor for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, signals that Trump has every reason to be worried.
Appearing on MSNBC Wednesday evening, Weissmann was asked by host Mehdi Hasan:
We don’t know yet whether in terms of the Manhattan district attorney’s office will make its case, but if there is something there, if there is a there there, then yes, you would be worried if you were Donald Trump, his family, and his companies. The forensic accountants that are reported to have been hired are true experts … in fact, I know them pretty well because not only do they have former FBI agents and analysts there, they have one of the lead forensic accountants that worked for the special counsel investigation is actually at FTI.”
Weismann then explained exactly what FTI would be looking for as they dig through Trump’s financial documents:
“They are really good at detecting fraud and following and tracing money, and particularly good at attribution. What I mean by that is if somebody sets up sort of offshore accounts, uses fake or sham names, they’re really good at tracing money flows so that they can attribute that money to a particular person. And the reason that’s important is if you’re not paying taxes on it and you can show that that’s income, then you can make a criminal case. And that’s exactly, for instance, what we did in the Paul Manafort case, which was we traced all of his bonds across the globe with the help of spectacular forensic accountant. So I suspect that’s exactly what Manhattan is going to try to do here.”
As Weissmann pointed out, the case against Paul Manafort was made with a deep dive into his finances, which showed offshore accounts and the money flowing into them, most of it from overseas accounts. Manafort was convicted of tax fraud, failing to disclose his foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. Nearly the all of the evidence that helped convict him came from the same sort of documents Manhattan prosecutors are combing over in Trump’s case.
The walls are closing in on Donald Trump. And as of noon on January 20, he no longer has the presidency to protect him from being put and trial and convicted. That’s why he’s trying so desperately to have his Congressional allies overturn the 2020 election. But they will fail, and Trump will then be at the mercy of the courts. That’s not a good position to be in when you break the law as often as Trump allegedly has.
Here’s the video of Weissmann’s appearance on MSNBC:
Now that only three weeks remain before Donald Trump is no longer president, all of the legal problems that have been placed on hold while he was head of state are about to come down on the Donald like the proverbial Sword of Damocles.
While Trump’s alleged financial crimes generally draw the most attention and are probably the ones the incumbent president most worries about coming back to haunt him, it’s worth noting that he’s also been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape by 26 women.
One of those accusations was made by well-known writer E. Jean Carroll, who recalled how Trump raped her in a changing room at the New York department store Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-1990s. Carroll recalled the rape in her book, What Do We Need Men For?, writing:
“The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips. The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me. It turns into a colossal struggle.”
Carroll has subpoenaed Trump for a DNA sample to prove he did indeed rape her as part of a defamation lawsuit she has filed against him. However, Trump and his attorneys are fighting the court order, refusing to comply. But that could be about to change since he’ll no longer be a sitting president.
So will justice be done in the case of E. Jean Carroll? She certainly seems to believe it will, and she responded recently to a social media posting which suggested Trump would settle out of court just to make the case go away:
Carroll, however, borrowed a line from Trump himself, tweeting:
Donald Trump loves to brag that he never settles lawsuits, even though he does so all the time. Remember Trump University? He settled and paid $25 million to those he ripped off with his sham university that only had one purpose: To enrich Trump.
And now E. Jean Carroll is throwing that line right back in Donald’s face. But it’s probably safe to say that she won’t be settling. She doesn’t need or want Trump’s dirty money. She wants the truth about his disgusting, misogynistic behavior to be made public for all to see. May it happen and happen soon.
The Arizona Republican Party brought a wave of mockery and ridicule down on their heads with an image they shared on Twitter showing President Donald Trump as some sort of historical hero, Newsweek reports:
Along with the image, the Arizona GOP also fired off this message via Twitter:
Ok, whatever. But some sharp-eyed Twitter users were quick to note that the image of Trump reminded them of the notorious American traitor Benedict Arnold, who conspired with the British during the Revolutionary War: