New York Prosecutors Publicly Declare A Criminal Investigation of the Trump Organization

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James has publicly released a statement that it is now pursuing a criminal rather than a purely civil investigation against the Trump Organization. The investigation is being handled in conjunction with the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The investigations appear to focus on tax and business dealings.  While I have challenged claims of a long litany “slam dunk” crimes related to Russia or Ukraine (or even tweets) that legal experts declared regularly on outlets like CNN and MSNBC, I have long opposed Trump’s effort to withhold his tax records and viewed these tax and transactional crimes as the greatest threat for actual prosecution. Tax and fraud cases are easier to prosecute and more difficult to defend in court.

James’ office has been investigating the Trump Organization since 2019 and announced this week that the civil investigation now has a criminal component:

“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA.”

Investigating a large organization on tax and fraud issues tends to be a target-rich environment. Real estate is an area notorious for the manipulation of assets and their stated worth. Assets are often undervalued to reduce tax exposure or overvalued to secure bank loans. The greatest danger is when the same assets are involved in such reporting controversies.

Investigators have deposed a slew of Trump Organization officials including Eric Trump, the former President’s son, and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg.

There could also be upcoming privilege fights over demands for information from tax attorney Sheri Dillon.

One objection is that this is selective prosecution. We previously discussed that issue in the context of James’ investigation of the National Rifle Association. James also ran on the pledge to relentlessly pursue Trump and his aides. In this controversy, the Trump counsel is likely to argue that such reporting tactics are common to the real estate field. However, selective prosecution claims are notoriously difficult to argue. Selective prosecution is a sometimes a viable defense when it is used against a group with discriminatory purpose. See United States v. Armstrong, 517 U.S. 456, 116 S. Ct. 1480 (1996), Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886).  The key is that the proof of a prosecution “directed so exclusively against a particular class of persons … with a mind so unequal and oppressive” that it violates the guarantee of equal prosecution under the law.

Likewise, malicious prosecution claims are overwhelmingly rejected. This is usually the basis for a civil lawsuit after prevailing in the criminal system. However, it requires an extremely high showing of abuse. In the criminal system, courts tend to disregard arguments based on the motivations of prosecutors. State prosecutors like James are elected and are often motivated by politics. However, courts are focused on whether the underlying allegations would constitute a crime if proven.

As a defense attorney, I would be more focused on cooperative agreements at this stage, particularly with Weisselberg.  Tax and fraud cases are comparatively easier to prove than crimes like obstruction but his cooperation could make this a slam dunk.  Moreover, he could convert an investigation into the Trump Organization and make it an investigation into Trump himself. The question is whether Trump was or should have been aware of illegality in the reporting of assets.

191 thoughts on “New York Prosecutors Publicly Declare A Criminal Investigation of the Trump Organization”

  1. Good luck with that NYC.. I think there is a better chance Biden is prosecuted as a traitor, thief and fraud.

  2. Turley in a USA Today article hypothesized:

    “Despite the drumbeat for prosecution, such charges could easily backfire…. The former president could end up like the character of Big Jule in “Guys and Dolls” proudly proclaiming, “33 arrests, no convictions.” Indeed, absent new transformative evidence, prosecuting Trump on the cases in Washington or Georgia could result in a resounding victory just before the 2024 election. They could make Big Jule’s record not just a criminal boast but a presidential slogan.”

    When reading such commentary, one cannot tell whether Turley is giving sustenance to the Trumpists’ hope in their ultimate vindication or, rather, is lamenting the ironic prospect of allowing Trump to leverage an acquittal to elevate him to a second term.

    Typically, Turley analyzes Trump’s criminal culpability as a defense lawyer should, that is, in cold blood without any consideration of the moral implications. He does not often reveal his moral judgment of Trump’s conduct to the dismay of many of us. His chief complaint against Trump’s detractors has been- what he perceives to be- their rush to judgment in convicting him in the court of public opinion and their discounting Trump’s legal defenses in their exuberance to see him held accountable.

    But as this article makes clear, Turley is warning his readers that the threat to Trump’s prosecution for tax crimes is not to be dismissed out-of-hand. It is also clear that Turley is trying to disabuse the Trumpists of any notion that he will prevail on claims of selective prosecution. As he rightly notes, the motivation of the New York prosecutors is irrelevant as long as they do not violate the Constitutional rights of a defendant, break the law, violate court rules or transgress their oaths of office.

    Reading the comments posted here, the vast majority will not accept a Trump conviction, smoking gun evidence be damned. While Turley’s employment at Fox serves to blunt Leftist accusations that it does not have any liberals in its bullpen, Turley also provides a necessary reality check for its viewers. Turley is often called upon by Fox hosts to tamp down their viewers’ wild conspiracy theories. In this way, the hosts need not do so themselves thereby preserving their street cred. Turley functions to keep the Fox narrative from getting too far over its skis in defending Trump though he did not do enough to belie the Big Lie in order to avoid Fox being sued for defamation.

    In the event there is a prosecution of Trump, Giuliani or Gaetz, it will be very interesting to watch how much Turley will try to bend over backwards to mollify the Trumpists notwithstanding their vehement disgust with him for his not sharing their “Deep State” conspiracy and not validating their utter contempt for the prosecutors, judges, and jurors, indeed, the criminal justice system at large.

    1. I hate Trump.

      When TDS victims like yourself lie, you sure tell doozies! Turley wrote: “Selective prosecution is a sometimes a viable defense when it is used against a group with discriminatory purpose.” You obviously lied when you typed above that Turley believes the prosecutor’s motives are “irrelevant.”

      It’s impossible for TDS victims to avoid lying Re. Trump and about everyone typing/reporting about Trump, just as you prove.

      Turley’s first paragraph you quote is a statement of fact and that’s all it is. Do you deny one syllable of it? And yet you again lie and state Turley had some ulterior motive for stating a fact. If Turley said, “It’s a beautiful day!” you’d spin it into a proverb about Trumpists, because of your underlying disease.

      Whether you actually suffer from TDS or are just another DNC troll the result is the same: your entire post is pure screed and nothing else.

      1. Constance,

        Turley said, “In the criminal system, courts tend to disregard arguments based on the motivations of prosecutors.”

        You are quite right, I should have qualified my use of the word “irrelevant” with “largely.”

        Thanks for keeping me honest!

  3. The organizing principle is that the Democrats and their allies on the progressive left will do whatever they think will help them gain and consolidate power.

    1. Interestingly, Jeffrey Epstein, Democrat, received help from Cyrus Vance, Jr, the Manhattan D.A. When Jeffrey was labeled as a Class 3 Sexual Predator in Florida he wasn’t happy. Epstein wanted it to be dropped down to the lowest Class 1 rating and Vance tried to accommodate him and sent a Prosecutor in front of a Judge to have it done. Sane Judge turned him down, fortunatety. Harvey Weinstein, Democrat, was nailed by the NYCPD Rape Squad when they wired a woman before she went into a meeting with Harvey. She and the Rape Squad nailed Harvey but when they presented that Democrat D.A. Vance with a nailed down shut case, Vance told them the case wouldn’t fly so he refused to prosecute Weinstein.

      This is not what Justice is supposed to be about and it’s turning that concept on its head. Explains though why a Republican who is a former President of the United States is just the sort of citizen Vance will go after even if there is no real reason, Oh, and I am an Independent who watched this in disgust.

  4. 5 1/2 years they have been investigating from Russia story which proved to be scam, to tax returns which the attorney general obtained months ago. Robert mueller & 19 lawyers could not find any dirt might I add he had access to trumps financials & nothing criminal or civil was charged. What nobody in the media includes is that the trump family has cooperative and also Don Jr ex wife. This is a fishing expedition. When Letishia James got elected she clearly stated she would be a real pain in Donald trumps ass. For a man who still is out there with no filter clearly he’s not worried. I can guarantee no charges. Maybe AG should do her job like prosecute the real criminals in NY including the governor & Bill Deblasio ‘ wife for 863 million dollars of taxpayer money that went missing

  5. No actually, the real question is why they can do a fishing investigation into Trump, which is supposed to be illegal, and yet Bill Clinton who was proven to have close ties to Jeffrey Epstein gets a hall pass. I mean on the subject of defending unpopular people, I’m no fan of Ghislaine Maxwell but she’s been sitting in jail for a year and she hasn’t been convicted of a crime. Meanwhile we have yet to see a single one of Epstein’s clients or buddies or whatever they were even so much as arraigned. It’s pure misogyny. What about Bill Gates? We have the flight logs and all they’ve managed to do is arrest Maxwell? How is that fair? Yes she seems to be a horrible person but everyone has the right to due process.

  6. Firms that the Trump organization uses, such Mazers, are not amateurs.

    This is just political theater and the costs far exceed any potential fines that would most likely go unnoticed in an organization that size. Congratulations NY taxpayers you are getting hosed!

    1. I agree. These firms don’t just walk around committing fraud on behalf of clients.

      Aside from that, the fact this woman ran in the “I’ll get Trump” platform ought to be the end of it.

  7. The Left with never, ever get over Trump Derangement Syndrome. They will pursue him for the rest of his life for the sin of winning the election, and creating a booming economy.

    They voted in a man with dementia, they have a serious anti-semitism problem, they’ve defunded police, crime is rampant, homelessness is rampant, and now the Pentagon will release a report on global UAPs in a few weeks, and Trump is what’s taking up real estate in their fevered brains?

    1. You are making me tired, Karen S with your parroting of Fox News talking points. Trump CHEATED with Russia’s help by providing information on where to direct a social media smear campaign against Hillary Clinton, and yet, she still won the popular vote. Trump did not WIN any election fairly. Most Americans never approved of him, and wanted his ass out of our White House.

      Trump created NOTHING. He rode the coattails of Barak Obama who created a successful economy out of the ashes of Bush. His stupid tariffs against China began to sink the economy long before the pandemic hit. His mishandling of the pandemic and lying made the economy tank worse than necessary.

      Biden does not have dementia. Police are funded locally, and Biden never defunded any police agency. You need to stop repeating the lies you heard on Fox. It makes you look dumb.

      1. Witch hunt cry wolf until the end of time President Trump was and is the best president america has ever seen so pull the curtain ur corrupt efforts r just that fbi,doj,cia criminal entities so save ur reporting better yet stick it up ur ass

        1. ahhh yeah…it’s that time when the honors students show up.

      2. Natasha .. You are a sick and delusional commie .. I hope you and your family suffer a horrible death

      3. The bidends cheated with Russia, China,Ukraine…bragged about it.Crickets.

      4. And yet, Russia Russia Russia turned out to be a nothing burger. Mueller failed to make a case that could even be prosecuted. The FISA system was abused with no evidence except the Steele Dossier, which was a purely fictional and political hit piece – paid for by the DNC – that even Steele himself would not stand behind.

  8. Brown Shirts.

    Show them the man and they’ll make up a crime.

    Meanwhile, Biden brags about a quid pro quo, crack addict Hunter makes millions in Ukrainian oil and gas, and Hillary Clinton paid for fake intel on Trump that plunged the country into paranoia that Trump was working for the Russians, but nothing happens.

  9. jan 6 was the reichstag fire

    this is how america ends:

    trump gets indicted on a thursday on some bs charge by some bs kangaroo grand jury in some bs kangaroo court cooked up by some bs lawyers in sdny
    they announce on friday morning the news of the indictment and their intention to arrest trump at mar a lago on saturday at noon
    -high noon-
    this gives ample time -at least 24 hours- for thousands or even tens of thousands of trump supporters on their day off from work to show up with rifles slung and wearing t shirts saying dont tread on me
    at the pre arranged time and when all the cameras are in place a dozen or so blm/antifa infiltrators wearing maga hats open fire on the 200 or so federal agents sent there to take trump into custody
    this leads to a firefight
    dozens of feds are killed in the exchange of gunfire
    within minutes and without any investigation whatsoever cnn runs the headline: “2nd american civil war – dozens of federal police heroes ambushed and massacred in cold blood by cowardly trump supporting insurrectionists”
    and within minutes of that joe biden signs a pre written 65 page executive order that among other things:
    declares a state of emergency and invokes the insurrection act
    declares that all known and suspected trump supporters represent a clear and present danger to the national security of the united states
    suspends habeas corpus and the posse comitatus
    authorizes the secretary of defense to take all necessary steps and use all necessary force he deems fit to put down the insurrection
    federalizes all national guard units as well as all state county and local law enforcement
    grants state county and city governments unlimited authority to arrest detain or shoot on sight those who refuse to comply known or suspected insurrectionists and grants immunity from prosecution to those citizens who do so

    its not very long after this that military units and law enforcement agencies in red cities in red states refuse to comply with orders given by the national command authority

    you can just imagine the rest…

    pro tip:

    arm up if you havent done so already

    and try to enjoy as much of whats left of america while you still can

    because its almost over

    1. Nice story, but it won’t happen. Hoe Biden is the president of an alternate USA since Trump activated the 2018 EO after receiving John Ratcliffe’s report on the foreign and domestic interference in national elections. Hoe Biden did not receive a 21-gun presidential salute by the old guard after his inauguration, was saluted with a 21-gun ceremony specifically done for foreign dignitaries as he arrived to Arlington National Cemetery, was not allowed to lay wraith, all can be found on tape, on YouTube. If the military knows you stole an election with the help of foreign countries, you are just a puppet until the population learns about the truth, and the truth activates DoD Law of War Manual article 11.2, which defines the requirements of an occupation – and if you read that, you’ll understand the role of the National Guard occupation. Those patriots are playing their role so the Navy can save us from them. No movie scenario can match what we are witnessing at the moment. Watch Arizona audit, and the attacks against it.

  10. How quickly would the Democrats have voted to impeach President Trump had he been the one to support the the Russian’s Nord pipeline and shutdown our Keystone XL pipeline? Now that would have had truly bipartisan support.

  11. … There is one thing of which we can be certain ….

    … that this likely means nothing for certain …

    … We had years and years of ‘investigations’ of Trump and his ‘organization’ with promises of criminal activity for certain …

    … and now the ONLY thing we know for certain, is the investigations themselves were what was criminal.

    1. … and now the ONLY thing we know for certain, is the investigations themselves were what was criminal.

      Absolutely a documented fact.

      1. Documented fact, Trump and his family paid yuge fines and penalties for Trump U, and his fake charities. Trump was impeached twice. There’s more but I don’t have the time, nobody has that much time.

        1. Being impeached twice is like being indicted twice. If you’re not found guilty of a crime, it means nothing.

  12. As I say in all of these things, let it runs its course. The organization may or may not have done anything wrong, including Trump himself. I just hope it is not a political witch hunt and it a real investigation.

    1. This may be the tipping point. If the corrupt NY DA railroads Trump while they refuse to acknowledge the Biden, Clinton, Weiner, etc. Laptop’s there will be a revolt.

    2. It certainly is a political witch hunt. That is how the DA got elected. That is also how NY works.

      NY even intimidates people that used to live in NY forcing them to pay taxes they don’t owe. Of course, if you come form one of the powerful families in NY you can get away with murder, like Cuomo.

  13. This is what people who rig elections do. The entire leftist movement is built on lies and voter fraud.

  14. Not to worry!

    John “Dudley Do-right” Durham is going to ride in with the cavalry and save the day; save the Constitution; save the nation, exhibiting the smoking gun in the prosecution for treason with reference to the Obama Coup D’etat in America, convicting, with extreme prejudice, all of the co-conspirators.

    To wit,

    The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and the most prodigious crime in American political history.

    The co-conspirators are:

    Kevin Clinesmith, Bill Taylor, Eric Ciaramella, Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann,

    James Comey, Christopher Wray, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic,

    Sally Yates, James Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell,

    Sir Richard Dearlove, Christopher Steele, Simpson, Joseph Mifsud,

    Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper, Azra Turk, Kerry, Hillary,

    Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power, Lynch,

    Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy), Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi, Obama,

    Joe Biden, James E. Boasberg, Emmet Sullivan, et al.

  15. THE GUBNA IS A DISGUSTING FELONIOUS BALL OF CORRUPTION

    THE SISTA BE IN SOME HEAP BIG TROUBLE
    _______________________________________

    – MALICIOUS PROSECUTION

    – ABUSE OF POWER

    – USURPATION OF POWER

    – ELECTION FRAUD

    – VOTE TAMPERING
    _________________

    MIke Nifong

    Michael Byron Nifong (born September 14, 1950) is a disbarred North Carolina attorney.[2] He served as the district attorney for Durham County, North Carolina until he was removed, disbarred and jailed following court findings concerning his conduct in the Duke lacrosse case, primarily his conspiring with the DNA lab director to withhold exculpatory DNA evidence that could have acquitted the defendants.[3]

    – Wiki

  16. Important. Just worth noting, in more concrete terms, I quote from the press release of the Attorney General:

    “….the action seeks to compel the testimony of Trump Organization Executive Vice President Eric Trump, who was intimately involved in one or more transactions under review, as well as the production of thousands of documents wrongly withheld.”

    Also worth to cite, the comments of Trump, Here:

    “I have built a great company, employed thousands of people, and all I do is get unfairly attacked and abused by a corrupt political system. It would be so wonderful if the effort used against President Donald J. Trump, who lowered taxes and regulations, rebuilt our military, took care of our Veterans, created Space Force, fixed our border, produced our vaccine in record-setting time (years ahead of what was anticipated), and made our Country great and respected again, and so much more, would be focused on the ever more dangerous sidewalks and streets of New York,”

    And more:

    “That is what these investigations are all about—a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of the United States,”

    And further:

    “Working in conjunction with Washington, these Democrats want to silence and cancel millions of voters because they don’t want ‘Trump’ to run again. As people are being killed on the sidewalks of New York at an unprecedented rate, as drugs and crime of all kinds are flowing through New York City at record levels, with absolutely nothing being done about it, all they care about is taking down Trump.”

    Here links to both citations:

    https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2020/attorney-general-james-takes-action-force-trump-organization-comply-ongoing

    https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/554336-trump-lashes-out-at-prosecutors-over-criminal-probe

    Thanks

    1. My money is on Eric to be the first family member to roll.

      eb x+x/2

        1. I’m far more concerned with Trump’s taxes than I am with the

  17. Of course the Left hasn’t yet figured out that his base grew because they absolutely loved his America First policies. Nothing they do to him personally will ever change that. Then add in the Democrat’s America Last agenda and suddenly the only way their party can survive is by federalizing our electoral process, statehood for DC and Puerto Rico, and packing the court. The most recent example of their insanity and how out of touch they are with the the American people is to waive sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, within 2 weeks of Russian hackers taking down one of ours and exposing the hypocrisy of the Green New Deal agenda that shutdown the Keystone XL pipeline. Are their any Democrats remaining that actually love this country and have the stones to stand up to this mob?

    1. Olly, actually Trump’s base has been shrinking. It only seems like it has grown because those remaining are just getting crazier and louder.

      1. They don’t recognize reality, and ignore when they do see it.

      2. No you are mistaken Trumps base gas actually continued to grow with all of Biden and friends crazy crap

      3. Fake votes at 3AM aren’t real people. Globalism is built on lies and voter fraud.

      4. actually Trump’s base has been shrinking. It only seems like it has grown because those remaining are just getting crazier and louder.

        LOL! That’s some serious wish-casting. By all means, stay the course, you deserve the fate that awaits you.

    2. George Washington (yes that GW) in his Farewell Address forbade “permanent foreign entanglements,” the definition of the US relationship to Israel. Why exactly do you and Trump spit on GW’s advice, instead preferring Obama and Hillary who proclaimed the US has a “unbreakable bond” with Israel. An “unbreakable bond” is the exact opposite of GW’s advice.

      Crickets, same as all war mongers and dyed in the wool GOP ideologues.

      1. Look up the word permanent and tell me which “foreign entanglements” we currently have meet that definition.

  18. This follows the Chauvin prosecution, or reproductive rites, where the suspect is presumed guilty, or a “burden”, until proven innocent, or socially convenient (or medically unprofitable), beyond a reasonable doubt. They hope to gather more evidence a la FISA abuses before offering a statement of probable cause.

    1. N.n, a couple of problems with your assessment.

      Trump has not been deemed guilty. He hasn’t been charged. Heck there’s not even a trial yet.

      Nobody is saying he’s guilty. But certainly according to all publicly available evidence his presumption of innocence is sketchy at best.

      Right now they are in the process of gathering evidence so that when the time comes the government’s burden of proof will be ready to be demonstrated in court. This is why it takes so long. The have have to make sure they have the necessary evidence to prove whether the charges they plan to levy against Trump are supported.

      1. What evidence? WHAT EVIDENCE? They’ve attempted to impeach him THREE times and come up empty. 20 Democrat FBI Agents went after him for month after month. They used illegally obtained FISA warrants. Forced him to shut down his charity on a sheer nuisance charge that NO ONE would ever have been troubled over. They’ve never found any evidence of ANYTHING.

        And now, they’re trying to get him on some property tax assessment negotiation and calling it FRAUD? This horrible woman Leticia James literally ran on a platform of “I’ll get Trump on something.”

        And you say his “presumption of innocence” (TO WHICH EVERY AMERICAN IS ENTITLED, PERIOD) is “SKETCHY AT BEST”?

        GEEZ. Go back to NY.

        1. You are a deep disciple of Fox. His charity was shut down because he used it as a slush fund–donors got tax deductions for making donations supposedly for charitable purposes, which Trump used to pay his own bills. He’s did the same with “donations” to his Inauguration fund and donations to his “campaign”. In fact, donors to his “reelection campaign” are not promised that the funds will be used for any purpose. Trump can put the money in his pocket, pay his personal bills and give the cash to other politicians. Those are the facts. Yes, they did find evidence that the charity was abused, which is why it was shut down.

          Your hero WAS impeached, just not convicted. Learn the difference. Trump was NOT exonerated, nor could he be because he is guilty of everything he was charged with. Republicans prevented his removal from office, but the grounds were valid, and most Americans wanted him removed. 48 US Senators voted to remove him from office. We’ve never had so corrupt a person occupy our White House, someone who lost the popular vote, someone whose campaign conspired with Russians to plant false stories about his opponent on social media in key districts where they were directed by the campaign. Hillary still won the popular vote. Trump never captured the approval of most Americans, despite 4 years of trying and failing.

          His own lawyer testified that he kept 2 sets of books, and he has been audited every year. He has never been exonerated.

          1. Nat:
            “Your hero WAS impeached, just not convicted. Learn the difference. Trump was NOT exonerated, nor could he be because he is guilty of everything he was charged with … His own lawyer testified that he kept 2 sets of books, and he has been audited every year. He has never been exonerated.”
            *****************************************
            Trump was impeached and not removed from office because the charges were bogus political grandstanding. His own lawyer also was an admitted perjurer and no charges were ever brought likely due to that credibility gap. “Exoneration” is never found in a court of law. You start out “exonerated,” and the state gets to prove it’s case that you’re not or you remain that way. To suggest that Trump was not “exonerated” is thus getting the whole system backwards, but that’s the twisted logic of the Left.

            If you want to lecture others on the law, try to get your legal counterpoint correct lest you look awfully silly.

          2. EVERY charity is a fraud. Lets investigate them all starting with Joe Biden’s.How did this dumbass get so rich in government?

        2. You really really really need to put down the Kool Aid and pull ur head out of ur ass! Complete nonsense Nat!!!

          1. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of the daily kos piece: funneling millions into a consistently losing business stinks of money laundering. Reasonable business people who aren’t crooks don’t keep putting money into failing enterprises.

            1. Good cliffs notes! Although I read the article and find it to be completely on the money.

              +10

              EB

      2. The only thing Trump is guilty of is revealing the globalist system of lies and voter fraud. They want revenge.

  19. I disagree with your characterization of commentators on non-Trump media claiming he is guilty of “slam dunk crimes”. I’ve never heard such characterization. Did you forget that Michael Cohen testified that Trump exaggerated the value of properties when trying to borrow money and when submitting information to Forbes, but undervalued the same properties for tax purposes? Did you forget that he testified that Trump kept 2 sets of books–one for loan and Forbes rating purposes and a second for tax purposes? Pointing out that if these facts are proven to be true, this constitutes a crime is not claiming a “slam dunk”. Media reporting Cohen’s testimony are not speculating about the facts. Either he’s lying or Trump is lying.

    Trump has been known for years to be a chronic, habitual liar, a cheater in business and in his personal life, and, with 6 business bankruptcies, a generally unsuccessful businessman. Is this piece part of the Fox News/Republican strategy to portray poor widdle Trumpy Bear as a victim of the “deep state” and “mainstream media” , to mitigate the damage of this announcement?

    1. Trump has dealt with thousands of people, and some of them were pissed off when it was over. Of course he has enemies. Michael Cohen is one. He has never ONCE filed for bankruptcy (the four bankruptcies of the casinos were not “his” bankruptcies, although he paid every single penny he owned to creditors of those casinos and as a result those casinos came away with 85% of what he owed, an excellent outcome in Chapter 11 — look at Obama’s GM bankruptcy if you don’t believe that).

    2. Cohen is in jail because of his crimes. Aveniatti is also in jail. Stormy lost the defamation case with Trump and owes Trump over $400,000 because it was all globalist lies. The left is freaking out because they rigged the election and they haven’t fully gotten away with it since the audits continue despite their protests.

        1. It’s funny as hell to recall how leftist TDS victims like you used to promote Michael Avenati for DNC President.

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