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Did Trump Just Hand The Case Against Him To Prosecutors On A Silver Platter?

Recently, there were multiple reports failed, one-term former President Donald Trump had just made a move with his company, the Trump Organization, that had some legal experts shaking their heads.

What did Trump do? The Washington Post reported that Allen Weisselberg, the indicted chief financial officer of Trump Org., had been stripped of his leadership role at more than 40 subsidiary companies:

“The changes were made Thursday and Friday, a week after a grand jury in Manhattan indicted Weisselberg on 15 felony counts, including grand larceny and tax fraud. Weisselberg was accused by New York prosecutors of helping run a 15-year scheme to evade income taxes by concealing executives’ salaries — including more than $1.7 million of his own income — from tax authorities. Two Trump corporate entities were indicted alongside Weisselberg.

So what exactly is Trump’s strategy when it comes to dumping Weisselberg while prosecutors are attempting to get the CFO to roll over on the Donald and testify against him?

It could be that Trump wants to reassure regulators, lenders, and other business entities that an indicted executive of the company isn’t making major decisions. But that’s far from the truth, according to The Post’s David Fahrenthold:

“A person familiar with the company who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss its internal decisionmaking told The Washington Post: ‘Allen Weisselberg’s at the company. He’s got a job. He’s going to remain at the company.'”

Weisselberg is suspected of having evaded more than $900,000 in taxes, which means he’s facing enormous financial penalties and time in prison if he’s convicted. So is it wise for Trump to be cutting him loose right now?

Who is replacing Weisselberg as head of those subsidiary companies? Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who serve as vice presidents of the family-held corporation which carries their father’s name. That increases the legal exposure for them, which could mean that their dad is planning to toss them under the bus in the future in a last-ditch effort to save himself.

No matter what the former president does from this point forward, he has already strengthened the case against him by pushing Weisselberg overboard. He’s also made it more likely that Weisselberg will agree to cooperate with prosecutors as they build their case against the Trump family.

Donald Trump has handed the case against him to prosecutors on a silver platter. All they have to do now is follow the scorched earth approach he’s taking and present his moves to the grand jury.

As he’s always been, Donald Trump is his own worst enemy, and he’s not even smart enough to realize it.


By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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