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Recent Moves By The Justice Department Should Make Trump Very Nervous: Report

From a legal perspective, this has not been a good week for failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, and a decision made by the Justice Department could prove to be especially troubling for the ex-president.

The Washington Post editorial board notes that Attorney General Merrick Garland is making it clear the current DOJ won’t allow itself to be used as a shield for the actions of federal officials who took part in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol:

“The Justice Department this week threw its weight behind a simple principle: Inciting an insurrection doesn’t fall within a member of Congress’s duties. Obvious as the declaration may seem, Attorney General Merrick Garland’s support for it is essential to a functioning democracy.”

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who spoke at the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the Capitol riot, had argued that the DOJ should have to defend him in court because he had been performing his official duties when he gave his speech.

The Justice Department, however, said Brooks was mistaken and is not going to be his attorney against pending civil suits that have been filed against him and others for their role in the events of Jan.6:

“The administration’s primary contention is somewhat technical, homing in on the distinction between a representative’s professional and political activities, including campaigning or electioneering. It argues that Mr. Brooks’s words at the Jan. 6 rally fall into the latter category, which is not protected within the scope of a lawmaker’s employment.”

Brooks (and others who gave raucous speeches that same day, including ex-President Trump) were involved in a political activity, according to the DOJ, not their official duties as officeholders. As such, they have to foot the bill for their defense, not the taxpayers.

All of this op-ed concludes, is a warning to Trump:

“Mr. Garland has spent his tenure so far picking through a political and institutional thicket: tasked on the one hand with holding the previous administration accountable for any legal wrongs and on the other with ensuring that prosecutorial decisions aren’t based on partisan considerations. Too much concern about this second point, his critics on the left have warned, could result in his department overcorrecting by not pursuing prosecutable cases, or by defending indefensible ones, in an effort to avoid any appearance of bias.

“The attorney general has signaled he doesn’t plan to fall into that trap. Mr. Trump, who insists he has ‘complete immunity’ for his role in the winter’s riot, may want to worry about his own footing.”

Bill Barr is no longer attorney general and cannot protect Trump. Merrick Garland, on the other hand, just made it crystal clear that Donald is all on his own, and the wolves are at the door.

 

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Former Trump Attorney Says Jared Kushner Is Already Cooperating With Prosecutors

Now that indictments against the Trump Organization have already been unsealed and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg has been charged with numerous crimes, the question remains: Who will be the first in Donald Trump’s inner circle to flip on the failed, one-term former president and cooperate with prosecutors?

Weisselberg would seem to be the most likely candidate, but he’s said to be slavishly loyal to his boss, whom he has worked for more almost half a century.

Don Jr, Eric, Ivanka? Possibly, but they’re bound to their father by blood, and as the old saying goes, blood is thicker than water. Also, they depend on daddy for a living, because none of them have ever held a real job.

That leaves Jared Kushner, Trump’s former “secretary of everything,” who is reportedly in legal jeopardy, too, and also facing financial problems with his own real estate holdings. Would Jared become a cooperating witness for the prosecution?

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen hinted Wednesday that the reason none of the legal filings have had Jared’s name attached to them is because he’s already in the fold with the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.:

Jared isn’t a Trump, and he must know that a long prison sentence would not exactly be a good thing for him. Fragile, doll-like men don’t tend to fare well behind bars.

Others agreed with Cohen:

Imagine the look on Ivanka’s face when she discovers her husband has just sold daddy down the river. Then again, Jared and Ivanka may bump into each other as they make a mad dash to Cy Vance’s office.

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Trump’s ‘Money Man’ Has Met With Prosecutors And Testified Before NY Grand Jury: Report

When indictments were unsealed earlier this month against the Trump Organization and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, another key member of the Trump Org. inner circle had already testified to a Manhattan grand jury.

Jeff McConney is the controller for the former president’s company, and it turns out he’s admitted in the past that Trump Org. has broken or skirted the law, according to The Daily Beast, which obtained a transcript of a confidential interview between McConney and the New York attorney general’s office that he gave in 2017:

“During that interview, McConney addressed a number of scandals at the now-defunct Trump Foundation. And even though he was quick to defend Donald Trump himself, McConney showed a willingness to admit errors that could help prosecutors build their case now.”

McConney admitted:

“I probably didn’t know at that time that we probably shouldn’t be using foundation funds for this type of thing… we made a mistake.”

That admission was regarding the use of funds donated to a Trump-controlled charity which were used to pay some $120,000 in fines as part of a lawsuit brought by the town of Palm Beach, Florida against Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

McConney also fessed up to wrongdoing by Trump when it came to $25,000 donated to the reelection campaign of former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi months after she decided not to open an investigation into the now-defunct Trump University. That matter led the Trump Org. controller to remark:

“We found out we made the contribution to … a political organization as opposed to a charitable organization … anything and everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, with this one request.”

One thing that becomes clear from the 2017 transcript is that McConney refuses to lie about the questionable behavior of his boss, which suggests he won’t commit perjury just because Donald Trump tells him to.

And that means that when he testified before the Manhattan grand jury, McConney was honest and answered every question truthfully, which is a terrifying prospect for the Donald and his family, all of whom run Trump Org.

Jeff McConney knows where the bodies are buried and all about the crimes his boss has allegedly been a part of. That alone should be keeping the failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president up at night.

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Smoking Gun: Prosecutors Have An Eyewitness To Trump’s Crimes

In any criminal investigation, prosecutors always look for an eyewitness who can place the perpetrator at the scene of the crime and give a full description of what he or she saw.

That’s true even when you’re dealing with financial crimes such as the ones failed, one-term former President Donald Trump and his company are suspected of having committed over the course of decades. Every prosecutor is looking for the proverbial smoking gun.

According to The Daily Beast, investigators with the offices of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Attorney General Letitia James have an eyewitness who saw the former president personally sign off on cheating when it came to taxes:

“A witness in the New York investigation against the Trump Organization has told prosecutors that Donald Trump personally guaranteed he would cover school costs for the family members of two employees in lieu of a raise—directly implicating the former president in an ongoing criminal tax fraud case.

“The explosive claims come from Jennifer Weisselberg, the ex-wife of a longtime company employee, during a teleconference call with investigators on Friday, June 25, according to two sources who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity.”

During that teleconference, which took place via Zoom, Ms. Weisselberg was asked if Trump himself was part of a scheme to give employees at the Trump Organization corporate gifts in lieu of an increased salary which would have to be taxed.

Her response: Trump was involved, and she then gave an account she personally witnessed:

“In January 2012, inside Trump’s office at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, Jennifer Weisselberg watched as Trump discussed compensation with her husband and her father-in-law, both company employees. Her husband wouldn’t be getting a raise, but their children would get their tuition paid for at a top-rated private academy instead.

Weisselberg allegedly relayed to prosecutors that Trump turned to her and said: ‘Don’t worry, I’ve got it covered.'”

The reaction from prosecutors was immediate: They were astonished.

Details provided by Ms. Weisselberg were used as part of the indictments of Allen Weisselberg and the Trump Organization which were unsealed on July 1. In those indictments, prosecutors allege:

“The scheme allowed the Trump Organization to evade the payment of payroll taxes that [it] was required to pay.”

Game, set, and match.

Trump is clearly tied to the existing crimes specified in the indictments and that means a superseding indictment (or indictments) will be coming in the near future. Those will charge Donald Trump and also likely include the names of his two eldest sons, Don Jr, Eric, and his daughter, Ivanka, all of whom have been involved in the family business for years.

Donald Trump is going down. The evidence is there, the witnesses are cooperating, and the crimes are undeniable.

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New York AG Believes Trump Committed At Least $21 Million In Tax Fraud: Report

Subpoenas filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James suggest that former President Donald Trump may have committed tax fraud totaling over $21 million for a property he owns in Westchester County, New York, known as the Seven Springs Estate.

The Daily Beast has seen the subpoenas and reports that the Trump Organization may have fraudulently adjusted the value of a conservation easement for the Seven Springs property, taking a $21.1 million tax deduction in 2015 for the easement:

“Investigators asked for a trove of documents related to Donald Trump’s failed attempts to develop a luxury golf course on a 212-acre, forested estate that spans across those three towns and includes several mansions.”

The towns where the Trump property is located — Bedford, New Castle, and North Castle — handed over the documents requested by investigators in the subpoena.

James isn’t the only legal authority on the trail of the easement Trump took in 2015 for the Seven Springs property. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. also asked for information related to the matter, according to The Daily Beast’s report. Specifically, Vance subpoenaed “items like planning board meeting minutes, which would help show whether Trump ever really stood a chance at building on the land, and they sought records dating back more than 15 years in some cases.”

All of this comes on the heels of a report from the Washington Post earlier this week which revealed that Vance has already empaneled a grand jury in Manhattan for the specific purpose of issuing indictments for crimes that may have been committed by Trump and his company. Since Vance is retiring at the end of the year, most legal experts believe the Manhattan grand jury is on the verge of handing down indictments against Trump, his three eldest children, and other top officers of the Trump Organization.

Whatever happens in the months ahead, it seems the Seven Springs estate will play a major role in any charges are brought against the former president.