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At The Heart Of The Trump Organization Indictments Are Dark Family Secrets: Report

When Allen Weisselberg was indicted by prosecutors in Manhattan earlier this month, the information that led to his being charged was provided by a member of his family who is proving to be an invaluable source of information and is also exposing many dark secrets at the heart of both Weisselberg and former President Donald Trump’s families.

The Daily Beast reports that a great deal of the evidence used to indict Weisselberg came from his former daughter-in-law:

“What investigators didn’t know was that the proof was in the hands of Jennifer Weisselberg, the woman once married to Barry Weisselberg, the son of Allen Weisselberg. And it wasn’t until November 2020 that city and state investigators connected with her to acquire the evidence.

“The Daily Beast has obtained some of the records that, according to Ms. Weisselberg and her lawyer, have proved pivotal to last week’s indictment of the Trump Organization CFO.”

Barry Weisselberg was also instrumental in helping get his father indicted, though he didn’t know it when he sat for a deposition during divorce proceedings:

Allen Weisselberg paid more than $50,000 each year for his grandchildren to attend a prestigious private school, and he did so for at least six years. And that’s where the Donald Trump connection comes into play:

“New York investigators would later ask Jennifer Weisselberg about that financial arrangement, according to two people in the room. They said prosecutors’ eyes widened when she explained that Trump himself would sign a check that she would hand deliver to the school.”

Those facts were mentioned in the indictments unsealed in court last week:

“That detail made its way into page seven of last week’s indictment: ‘as part of the scheme to defraud, Trump Corporation personnel, including Weisselberg, arranged for tuition expenses for Weisselberg’s family members to be paid by personal checks drawn on the account of and signed by Donald J. Trump.'”

The checks written by Trump were employee compensation and should have been taxed. They weren’t.

Additionally, the indictments against the Trump Organization and Weisselberg lay out how Trump also paid for luxury apartments provided to members of the Weisselberg family. And those also wound up in the filing:

There are more fireworks (and indictments) on the way. Some will come from the Manhattan DA and others from New York Attorney General Letitia James:

“The Manhattan District Attorney and New York Attorney General, which have struck a rare partnership to prosecute this together, have hinted that there’s more to come. Questions asked of witnesses, who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity, show that investigators are interested in other executives as well.

“And as the current case centers on questions about untaxed ‘fringe benefits,’ the DA and AG will have to prove who tweaked salaries—and whether they knew about tax rules.”

Remember when Trump debated Hillary Clinton back in 2016 and she accused him of not paying taxes? He proudly declared:

“That makes me smart.”

It also makes him a co-conspirator in a financial crime that could send him to prison for the remainder of his life.

How smart are you now, Donald?

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Crime Donald Trump

Massive 15-Count Indictment Spells The Beginning Of The End For The Trump Organization

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:

“They have thrown the kitchen sink at the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg. This is very bad news for the Trump Organization because the D.A. has taken an aggressive tact indicting, the entire Trump Organization, in references to the payroll company and others. So, if you were the company hoping to pin this on the employee or get out of it, as far as the D.A. is concerned, game over there — they’re going after the whole company.”

Melber also noted that the sweep of the indictment is staggering:

“Highlight number two, there are 15 counts here. Now we have 15 counts, including larceny, tax fraud, false statements, filing false instruments, falsifying business records. They are taking, what the D.A. argues was a conspiracy to intentionally and habitually defraud the government, steal money and pay people off the books. That is the language of the indictment. They’re alleging that went on for 15 years.”

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.

 

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Former Asst. U.S. Attorney Predicts Both Gaetz And Trump Will Be Indicted In September

There are those among us (call them eternal skeptics) who will tell you that failed, one-term former President Donald Trump will never be charged with criminal offense, and even if he is, he won’t ever serve a day in prison.

Using that sort of flawed logic, it would be easy to suggest that the American judicial system is stacked in favor of those who are wealthy and well-known, so much so that no one with financial means can ever be convicted. But if that’s true, how do you explain the successful prosecutions of Bernie Madoff, Ivan Boesky, the gang at Enron, and Michael Milken?

Granted, the judicial system we have isn’t perfect and is in desperate need of reform, but that doesn’t mean it cannot or will not ever work.

All of that brings us to three names most in the news these days: Donald Trump, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Rudy Giuliani. And recently, we got new developments on two of those fronts:

  • Donald Trump: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has empaneled a special grand jury to examine alleged crimes (bank and tax fraud, money laundering, racketeering) the former president, members of his family, and his company may have committed.
  • Matt Gaetz: Gaetz, who is already facing the possibility of being indicted for sexually trafficking a minor, is now believed to have obstructed justice by speaking with a witness in the case against him.

Could we be on the verge of seeing indictments in the matter of Trump, Gaetz, and Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani? That depends on who you ask, but one person who’s convinced all three of them are about to see their name on indictments is former Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Signorelli, who used to work as a prosecutor for the Southern District of New York and has decades of knowledge about how legal issues involving “famous” defendants work.

Recently, Signorelli made a bold prediction which he shared with his 36.000 followers: Gaetz, Giuliani, and Trump are all going down, and it’s going to happen by September:

Signorelli got immediate pushback, with people asking, “What makes you say that?” He responded calmly and knowingly:

Using Richard Signorelli’s prediction, by September 5 we should see Gaetz, Giuliani, and Trump indicted and facing trial and imprisonment.

 

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New York Prosecutors Preparing To Indict Trump And Three Of His Children: REPORT

While the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded, it now appears that prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) may present an even greater threat to the president and members of his family, Politico reports:

“Manhattan-based federal prosecutors can challenge Trump in ways Mueller can’t. They have jurisdiction over the president’s political operation and businesses — subjects that aren’t protected by executive privilege, a tool Trump is considering invoking to block portions of Mueller’s report.”


The SDNY may even attempt to do what Mueller didn’t do: Indict a sitting president:

“Legal circles are… buzzing over whether SDNY might buck DOJ guidance and seek to indict a sitting president.”

Since the Southern District is also looking at the Trump Organization, there could also be legal jeopardy for Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka Trump, especially as it relates to charges such as money laundering and fraud:

“The New York federal prosecutors are far from finished. They’re still seeking interviews with Trump Organization executives, according to a source with knowledge of the probe. Investigators are looking at everything from potential mail and wire fraud to illegal foreign contributions and money laundering.”


Even Chris Christie, who served as a former federal prosecutor, said recently that the SDNY is a much larger threat to Trump and his family:

“This is why I’ve been saying for months that the Southern District of New York investigation presents a much more serious threat to the administration, potentially, than what Bob Mueller is doing.

“Bob Mueller has a task: It’s Russian interference and potential collusion in the 2016 election. Southern District of New York is whatever the heck you want.”


Don’t forget that the New York Attorney General’s office and the New York Revenue Department also have ongoing investigations into Trump, his family, and his company. And House Democrats have begun multiple investigations into the president and his ties to foreign governments, including Russia and Saudi Arabia.

It appears that Trump is in deep shit everywhere he turns. And there’s absolutely nothing he can do to forestall any of it.

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Court Filings From Mueller Tell Us The BIG NAME Indictments Are About To Drop

There’s a better than even chance that Donald Trump gave his last State of the Union address in January, because Special Counsel Robert Mueller has now signaled that he’s about to drop some major indictments in the days ahead.

Court filings from Mueller’s team of investigators in recent weeks have been under considerable scrutiny from legal experts, and they all agree on one point: The BIG NAME indictments are about to be handed down by the special counsel.


As the Hill reports:

“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s references to ‘uncharged individuals’ in recent court filings that aim to restrict certain evidence are being read by some as an indication more people could be indicted in his sprawling investigation.

“Despite rampant speculation that Mueller is close to finalizing his report, the language used in court documents over the past few months offers clues that suggest his probe might ensnare more individuals.”


Randall Eliason, a George Washington University law professor, said those who have predicted that Mueller is about to wrap up his investigation are not following the clues that suggest otherwise:

“All outward signs … suggest that Mueller’s investigation is still active and ongoing. I think there is reason to believe something else is coming.

“I just don’t see any outward signs this investigation is close to wrapping up.”

Since so many members of the 2016 Trump campaign team have already been indicted or pleaded guilty to crimes ranging from perjury to money laundering, the list of those who will see their names on the next series of indictments is somewhat limited, but it includes:

Donald Trump Jr.

The Trump Tower meeting with Russian nationals and Junior’s testimony before congressional committees all but guarantees he will be indicted in connection with the Russia probe.

Jared Kushner

The other Trump family member who was at the Trump Tower meeting in June of 2016. Jared also has his own dirty money trail, and that alone could cost him decades in prison.

Ivanka Trump

Played a major role in funneling money from the inaugural committee to Trump properties, often at inflated prices. And her alleged lies regarding the value of Trump properties could lead her to be charged with fraud.

Mike Pence

Was head of the transition team that approved Mike Flynn to be National Security Adviser. Pence was also handpicked by Paul Manafort.

Buckle up, gang! Things are about to get very interesting, and you’re gonna need lots of popcorn.