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New York Prosecutors Just Got A Treasure Trove Of Documents To Use In Their Criminal Case Against Trump

Everywhere he turns, failed, one-term former President Donald Trump sees prosecutors taking a close look at this business dealings and personal finances, both of which have been rumored to be filled with all sorts of criminal infractions that could send him, members of his family, and top Trump Organization officials to prison for decades.

So it should surprise no one that many people have come forward to provide evidence and testimony against the Donald. And those individuals may wind up being the key to the case against the former president.

One such person is Jennifer Weisselberg, the daughter-in-law of a top official at the Trump Organization.

Back in March, we learned that Ms. Weisselberg had handed over documents to investigators:

“Weisselberg, now a cooperating witness in investigations into former President Donald Trump’s finances, said she ultimately got seven boxes of financial documents and gave them to investigators last fall.

“‘They picked up documents many times. They ended up taking seven boxes of my documents and scanning them, going through them,’ she told Insider, adding that ‘they took depositions, they took checks, routing numbers, bank-account [information], and things like that.'”

But that’s not all the news regarding Jennifer Weisselberg, the Washington Post notes. It turns out she has also been asked to hand over even more information:

“Investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, acting on a grand jury subpoena, took possession of financial records Thursday morning from the apartment of Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of a top Trump Organization officer.

“Jennifer Weisselberg was married to Barry Weisselberg — the son of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg — from 2004 to 2018 … On Thursday, she loaded three boxes and a laptop computer onto a valet cart and wheeled them from her building to a black Jeep with dark-tinted windows that was waiting outside.”

The latest move by Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr. indicates that his office is focusing in on Allen Weisselberg, who has been Chief Financial Officer of the Trump Organization for decades.

What exactly did Ms. Weisselberg hand over to Vance’s investigators? She told the Post:

“’My knowledge of the documents and my voice connect the flow of money from various banks and from personal finances that bleed directly into the Trump Organization,’ she said in an interview Thursday. Investigators, she added, now have her ex-husband’s 2019 and 2020 statements of net worth, his tax returns and copies of Wollman Rink checks from private events that she claims were deposited incorrectly.”

This latest development is the worst possible news for Donald Trump, who has steadfastly maintained his innocence yet also refused to hand over financial documents that would clear him if he were as guilt-free as he claims.

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Legal Experts: Donald Trump Will Be ‘Broke And In Jail’ Very Soon

Each day, new developments on the legal front make it clear that former President Donald Trump is facing serious civil and criminal liability on multiple fronts, any of which could leave him bankrupt and facing the prospect of decades in jail.

Two noted legal experts, Donald Ayer and Norm Eisen, note in an article they wrote for the Washington Post, that while Trump may think he’s laying the groundwork for a political comeback, he’s actually looking at one of the most daunting legal landscapes in U.S. history:

“Recent statements by Donald Trump and his enablers prove that he and his Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen aren’t departing from American politics anytime soon. But neither is the push to hold him legally accountable, as shown by a new lawsuit — the second against Trump by a member of Congress arising out of the failed Jan. 6 insurrection. As attorneys who have overseen prosecutions or other accountability efforts in Republican and Democratic administrations alike, we believe the combination of civil cases and a pair of rapidly accelerating state criminal investigations make for a potent force to combat the ex-president’s ongoing wrongdoing.”

Whether it’s the investigations being conducted in New York, Georgia, or Washington, D.C., Trump and his attorneys are looking at being under siege on multiple fronts, and that could leave him vulnerable in any or all of the places that are taking a long hard look at his actions, documents, and statements.

Trump tried to launch his comeback tour with his speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) last month, but the things he said are already coming back to haunt him, Ayer and Eisen explain:

“The law allows post-wrongdoing acts to be admitted if they bear upon relevant issues such as motive or a lack of remorse. As civil and criminal proceedings press forward, the CPAC speech and others like it could be admissible in court as evidence to shed light on Trump’s intent in inciting the attack on the Capitol.”

When he was president, Trump had the protection of incumbency to shelter him from being indicted or taken to trial. And he also had the added benefit of being able to call in favors from key members of the GOP in Congress who could run interference for him.

Now, however, Trump is merely a former president, and that means he has no such shields to keep him immunized from being sued or charged. While he remains able to defend himself, Ayer and Eisen conclude, he appears headed for a very bad ending:

“Today, however, Trump is a private citizen. His friends in Congress are less reliably loyal. He must defend himself. This is not to say that exacting justice will be easy — as a private businessman, Trump was notorious for using the law as a weapon. But the walls seem to be rapidly closing in. If they do, they may finally mark an end to the ex-president’s involvement in our public life. It is not easy to be involved in politics if you are broke and in jail.”

May it happen, and may it happen soon.

 

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The Donald’s Latest Disgusting Crime: Credit Card Fraud

When it comes to being a con man and grifter, Donald Trump has absolutely no shame. He’ll steal from anyone for a buck. Remember Trump University? That’s a prime example of Trump’s depravity when it comes to turning a buck.

The latest scam allegedly committed by Trump is credit card fraud, and the target was his own supporters, according to the New York Times:

“Donors typically said they intended to give once or twice and only later discovered on their bank statements and credit card bills that they were donating over and over again.”

Imagine it: You send a one-time donation and then your credit card is repeatedly billed for that same amount every month.

The Trump campaign’s nickname for the unscrupulous practice was the “money bomb,” and it drew the attention of banks such as Wells Fargo, with one fraud investigator for the financial giant remarking:

“It started to go absolutely wild. It just became a pattern.”

The end result was busted spending limits on credit cards and overdraft fees that contributors had to pay their bank simply because the Trump camp had made sure the payments recurred.

Could Trump and members of his 2020 campaign be facing fraud charges? Former White House prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks thinks so, noting during an appearance on MSNBC:

“He is facing so many civil and criminal charges right now that he’s going crazy trying to defend himself. He needs a full-time law firm, not a full-time lawyer, but he needs a full-time firm to handle all of the cases from the varying — from Georgia, from the Manhattan D.A., from the New York attorney general, from the District of Columbia, from the policemen who have sued. The New York courts ruled the defamation case can proceed, which means, by the way, that there will be under oath depositions, the president is going to have to testify, the former president, he has absolutely no way to evade any longer.”

Credit card fraud carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Given that Trump is also facing decades behind bars on charges such as bank and tax fraud, that may not seem like a lot of time. But when you’re pushing 75, that could wind up being a life sentence for the failed, one-term former president.

Here’s Jill Wine-Banks on MSNBC:

 

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Transcripts From Trump’s Former Court Cases Show How He’ll Be Convicted On Tax Charges

Sometime later this year, failed, one-term president Donald Trump will be in a courthouse facing charges related to his finances and the finances of his company, the Trump Organization.

Based on testimony Trump has given in previous court cases, the upcoming legal challenges he faces could be a slam-dunk for prosecutors who are investigating him on charges ranging from money laundering to tax evasion.

CNN obtained transcripts of Trump’s former court appearances, and one thing seems safe to say: Trump has left a trail of statements that will probably doom him the next time he faces an indictment:

“Donald Trump once said he calculated his net worth, to a degree, on his ‘feelings,’ and that he put the ‘best spin’ on some of the assets.

“‘I think everybody’ exaggerates about the value of their properties. ‘Who wouldn’t?’

Did he inflate values? ‘Not beyond reason,’ Trump said, insisting he gave his ‘opinion’ to a key associate and ‘ultimately’ let that person make the decision, according to an exchange in a 2007 deposition.

“The exchange takes on fresh meaning this spring as Manhattan prosecutors investigate whether Trump’s ‘best spin’ was common practice in local real estate circles — or if he crossed the line into illegal activity.”

Prosecutors say it’s often difficult get convictions on financial crimes because it’s so hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a suspect “intended to defraud someone through misstatements.”

But it’s not hard to prove when you have the person’s own words which were given under oath. If Trump was lying in 2007, he can be charged with perjury. If he didn’t lie, then his prior statements can be used to bolster the argument that he’s been a cheat for decades and also give them a road map as they build their case against him this time.

Trump also said in 2007 that he often massaged the numbers on his financial statements to suit his own purposes:

“During the deposition, Trump was questioned over Seven Springs where its value nearly doubled in one year from $80 million in 2005 to $150 million in 2006.

“The property was valued very low, in my opinion, then and it became very — it just has gone up,” Trump said.

“He was asked if he had any basis for that view, other than his own opinion.

“‘I don’t believe so, no,’ he said.

Donald Trump is a pathological liar. He’s also a grifter and a con man. Those qualities could all but guarantee he’s convicted on several crimes.

 

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Former Solicitor General: New Lawsuit Filed By Capitol Police Proves ‘Trump Is In Serious Trouble’

A federal lawsuit was filed recently by two D.C. police officers — James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby — that accuses former President Donald Trump of inciting the pro-Trump rioters who inflicted physical and emotional injuries when they stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The Washington Post reports that the lawsuit clearly places blame on Trump:

“’The insurrectionist mob, which Trump had inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted, forced its way over and past the plaintiffs and their fellow officers, pursuing and attacking them inside and outside the United States Capitol, and causing the injuries,’ the suit states.”

“At least 81 Capitol Police officers were assaulted on Jan. 6, according to filings by federal prosecutors, The Post’s Tom Jackman reported. About 65 D.C. police officers also suffered injuries during the Capitol siege, including several concussions from head blows from various objects, including metal poles ripped from inauguration scaffolding, police officials said.”

This latest lawsuit, according to former Obama administration acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, is a big deal and it’s the worst possible news for Trump, who recently lied and said that his supporters were hugging and kissing the cops as they ransacked the Capitol.

Katyal appeared on MSNBC and noted:

“This is what the complaint said today: ‘The officer attacked relentlessly, bleeding from a cut less than an inch from the eye, cuts, and abrasions on the face and hands and his body was pinned against a large metal door fending off attacks.’ So when Donald Trump said they were kissing and hugging the guards, my God.”

Host Nicolle Wallace then read more of the suit, making it clear that the insurrectionists were out of control and that Trump did absolutely nothing to stop them once the rioting started:

“For several hours after the mob stormed the Capitol, Trump had the continuing ability to issue statements through traditional and social media but refused. Refused to communicate anything to the followers that might discourage the assault and battery. Trump thereby ratified the conduct of the followers and ensured that the assaults on the officers last much longer, worsening the injuries of the plaintiffs and other officers. Late in the afternoon, Trump ratified the conduct, and again said that the election had been stolen by fraud and by announcing support, praise and love for his followers.”

Wallace then asked Katyal if the Blassingame-Hemby lawsuit had put Trump in even greater legal jeopardy. Katyal said it most certainly did:

“Absolutely. If you could short Donald Trump right now it would be a good time to do so. Everything you’re saying, Nicolle, is absolutely right. This, in conjunction with new developments going on in New York, with respect to Weissberg and the like. Donald Trump is in serious trouble. The difference between now and the past is that the Republican Party and senior officials are inviting the trouble and saying there’s merit to it.”

In time, Donald Trump may wind up being charged as an accessory to murder. He could be charged criminally for that and other crimes in Washington, D.C.

Serious legal trouble? That’s putting it mildly.

Here’s Neal Katyal on MSNBC: