Even though indictments against the Trump Organization had been expected for some time, the sweep of charges that were filed against the former president’s company on Thursday afternoon make it clear that Trump Org. has been a den of criminal activity for a decade and a half, with some of the charges going back as far as 2005.
The Washington Post notes that the indictment was extremely detailed and damning:
“In all, 15 criminal charges were filed against (Trump Org. chief financial officer Allen) Weisselberg, according to a copy of the indictment obtained by The Washington Post. They included counts of conspiracy, criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records.”
‘The Kitchen Sink’
Shortly after the indictments were announced, MSNBC legal analyst Ari Melber explained the danger to both Trump and the company that bears his name:
Melber also noted that the sweep of the indictment is staggering:
Racketeering Charges Coming?
Such a large indictment also suggests that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is planning to go after the Trump Organization by using New York state racketeering charges, which would spell the death of the former president’s corporation. That possibility was first reported in May by Politico:
“Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance could be considering a criminal charge that former President Donald Trump’s business empire was a corrupt enterprise under a New York law resembling the federal racketeering statute known as RICO, former prosecutors and defense attorneys said.
“New York’s enterprise corruption statute — which carries the potential for severe penalties — can be applied to money-making businesses alleged to have repeatedly engaged in criminal activity as a way to boost their bottom line.”
It’s also important to keep in mind that this is merely the first salvo from Vance and New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is also closing in on Trump, members of his family, and the Trump Organization. By the time the charges have all been filed, don’t be surprised if the failed, one-term former president is flat broke and in jail.
Justice has finally arrived for Donald Trump.