As you’ve no doubt heard by now, last week the Trump Organization and its longtime CFO, Allen Weisselberg, they were hit with a series of criminal charges, including conspiracy, grand theft and multiple counts of tax fraud and falsification of records, of which they pleaded not guilty. Clearly, this is extremely bad news not just for the company, which former executives believe it’s going to be “destroy[ed], ”And Weisselberg, who faces more than a decade in prison if convicted of all charges, but also the entire Trump clan. Weather Donald trump It is obviously the first name that comes to mind when imagining a scenario in which a member of the Trump family is sentenced to prison, according to numerous experts, their adult children should also be extremely concerned, starting with their favorite offspring: Ivanka Trump.
Appearing on MSNBC Monday, former federal prosecutor Cynthia alksne told the host Alicia Menendez that last week’s charges were simply “an opening salvo”, and that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has sent a message that (1) Weisselberg should really, really consider going forward and cooperating against the Trumps, and ( two) Cyrus Vance Jr. it is just beginning. “Prosecutors went to an incredible effort to show Weisselberg ‘we have everything we need,’ and actually they’re not just pushing him to change, but the amount of detail in this indictment tells me they’re trying to tell other people. to which you have to turn, because ‘we have it all; we have double books. We know that what you told your tax accountants was a lie. We know we can prove these cases, ‘”Alksne told Menendez. “I think … first is Weisselberg and [then] there are many other people mentioned, ‘individual number one’ or ‘person X signed’ or ‘person Y signed’. Hopefully those people who are named in the indictment are next and then it gets built. “When asked how he would proceed if he were prosecuting the case and” had access to the years of hidden records kept by the Trump Organization, “he said Alksne, “I would focus [the investigation] In the kids. Apparently they have had some testimonies from the controller; in New York state that means they have essentially given you immunity. Then I would focus on the children. My guess is [COO Matthew] Squid it is an easy thing to choose and there are similar ways to give money to children. We have heard a lot of these reports about Ivanka Trump receiving consulting fees, ‘consulting fees’ for things she may or may not have done. That looks like the next place to me, but we’ll have to see. “
(In November, The New York Times reported that both Vance and the New York attorney general Letitia james had issued subpoenas related to consulting fees to the Trump Organization following a newspaper investigation that revealed that the president had paid little or no income tax over the past two decades. That report also showed that Trump was able to reduce his taxable income by deducting approximately $ 26 million in “consulting fees” as business expenses between 2010 and 2018. While the identities of the consultants were not shown in the tax records, some of the fees they definitely showed up. have been paid to Ivanka, given that in a 2017 disclosure form, she reported receiving $ 747,622 in payments from a consulting firm she co-owned, a figure that, according to the Times, “Exactly equal consulting fees claimed as tax deductions by Trump Organization for hotel projects in Vancouver and Hawaii.” (At the time the payments were made, Ivanka was a CEO of the Trump companies making the payments, which means she was apparently treated as a consultant to a company where, wait, she was a full-time employee. ).
Then predicting that Princess Purses might have legal trouble was Trump’s biographer Michael D’Antonio, who told CNN Jim Acosta on Sunday, “The other person I think is in danger is Ivanka Trump. One of the things Allen Weisselberg is in trouble for is [allegedly] take money as a contractor and then claim self-employment status in order to get some of the retirement benefits that the tax code allows for self-employed. Well, we know that Ivanka Trump received quite significant sums as compensation for non-employees. That freed the Trump Organization from paying some of its taxes and put it in a state that I think the IRS would have a lot of questions about. So these people don’t know how to play the game properly. I think everything they do is crooked. “
Ivanka Trump has not been accused of wrongdoing; In response to the news that both Vance and James’ offices had subpoena records related to consulting fees, he issued a very irritating statement on Twitter, writing: “This is harassment outright. This “investigation” of the New York Democrats is 100% motivated by politics, publicity and anger. They know very well that there is nothing here and that there was no tax benefit. These politicians are just ruthless. “
As to whether Trump would sacrifice himself to save his daughter, his former lawyer Michael Cohen has a prediction:
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