Now that the U.S Supreme Court has ruled Manhattan Attorney General Cyrus Vance can indeed be given eight years of Donald Trump’s tax returns as part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by Vance’s office for which a grand jury has already been empaneled, the question remains: What will the end result of that grand jury’s findings be?
According to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and biographer David Cay Johnston, who has written extensively on Trump, the next logical step is an indictment against the president.
During an appearance on MSNBC Saturday, Johnston noted:
“Donald Trump has already had two income tax fraud trials by the state of New York and the city of New York. They were civil fraud, not criminal fraud. The New York Times in October of 2018, in this brilliant project on Trump’s taxes based on records we know came from his niece — without question, he and his siblings are major-league tax cheats.”
Be sure and note that Johnston pointed out the two previous trials against Trump were for civil fraud, but he now believes the president will be criminally charged:
“What the district attorney is seeking is the business records, the accounting records, the banking records to 2011. If those deviate from what Donald trump put on the tax returns, I expect they’ll indict Donald Trump for criminal tax fraud.”
Johnston also made it clear that there’s no way Trump can weasel his way out of state charges, unlike being charged by federal authorities:
“Let’s assume Donald Trump has the audacity to resign as president, Mike Pence sworn in, and Pence pardons [him]. The state charges are completely different. The only involvement in the federal government is challenging to seek his remedies in federal court … Donald Trump is going to be indicted if the business records do not match up. They won’t match up. Trust me. I have a lot of his records. They won’t match up.”
And one more thing that many have been asking: When will this all happen? It could well happen before the election, depending on how quickly Vance and his grand jury move. Since the grand jury is already seated, it shouldn’t take long for them to issue an indictment once they have Trump’s taxes in hand.
The wheels of justice sometimes move slow, but as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once told us, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”