The only thing that matters to Donald Trump is money. His family, his friends, even his own health are a distant second to his lust for money and his willingness to do whatever is necessary (legal or illegal) to obtain more of it.
To put it another way, consider this perfectly-worded paragraph from Chauncey Devega of Salon:
“Donald Trump is the leader of a political crime family. As president, he abused the power and influence of the office to personally enrich himself, his family and his inner circle. Much of Trump’s apparent extortion, self-dealing, influence-peddling, and outright blackmail was done in plain sight. One such scheme, in which Trump attempted to extort the president of Ukraine into launching a phony investigation of Joe Biden, resulted in his impeachment (that is, for the first time).”
But the thing is, money always leaves a trail, whether in the form of bank records, tax statements, or financial disclosure forms used to obtain loans for real estate projects such as the ones the Trump Organization has been building or branding for decades.
That trail of dirty money is what will send Trump to prison and destroy his company in the very near future.
In September of last year, Dan Alexander published an important book entitled White House, Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business, that takes a close look at the trail of cash that leads from Trump to all sorts of sordid characters across the globe:
“Alexander cautions that we may never see substantive evidence that directly connects Trump to Russian bankers and oligarchs, as so many observers in the news media and among Trump’s critics have repeatedly suggested. But that doesn’t mean there’s no evidence of apparent corruption: Both in his book and in this conversation, Alexander offers compelling evidence that Trump’s otherwise inexplicable foreign policy decisions may often have been shaped by venal interests.”
During a recent interview, Alexander was asked what areas of Trump’s finances offer the best opportunity for prosecution and conviction. He replied:
“At the federal level, Trump is no longer protected by the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion saying presidents cannot be indicted while in office. That could be problematic for him, especially given the material already uncovered in the hush-money case and the Mueller report. But I would not be surprised if the Biden administration elects not to reopen those wounds. Regardless, the investigations by the Manhattan DA and the New York State attorney general will remain serious threats. Presidential pardons will not impede those matters, and the officials overseeing them are responsive to left-leaning constituencies.”
It all comes down to New York, which is ironic when you consider that Donald Trump considers himself the quintessential New Yorker. Maybe he’ll even get a chance to try out the Empire State’s prisons.