Donald Trumps Odds Of Staying Out Of Prison Are Rapidly Dwindling
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The last time we checked in on the legal comings and goings of Donald Trump, things were not looking so hot for the former president of the United States. In addition to being the defendant in no fewer than 29 lawsuits, per The Washington Post, he was the subject of numerous criminal investigations, including one in which attorneys had obtained access to his tax returnsdocuments that for some reason he spent the last four years fighting tooth and nail to keep secret. Now, two and half months after leaving the White House, have Trumps legal fortunes miraculously improved? In a word, no. In three words, hell fuck no. In 19 words, the 45th president of the United States should probably just resign himself to the prospect of going to prison.
Per the Times:
In addition to the developments in the Manhattan D.A.s criminal probe, Trump was also sued on Tuesday by two Capitol Police officers who battled the angry mob he sicced on the Capitol building and are demanding damages for the physical and emotional injuries they suffered during the attack. In the federal lawsuit, officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hembyclaim that for months Trump whipped his supporters into a frenzy over baseless election claims which culminated in the insurrection that left five people dead.
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Weird, we know!
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Eyewitness footage has captured police firing tear gas on protesters demonstrating outside The White House just minutes before US president Donald Trump walked to the nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church. Video: Reuters
US president Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. Johns Church across Lafayette Park from the White House on Monday. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP
It Cant Happen Here was the title of a 1930s novel about America. Fascism never came to the US nor is it likely to. But martial law, or something close to the militarisation of Americas cities, is plausible.
In the past few days, residents of Washington DC have become familiar with the low-flying helicopters, sand-coloured Humvees, nightly curfews and uniformed men that go with military control.
Were these scenes unfolding in Hong Kong every think-tank in Americas capital would be scheduling emergency webinars. As it is, people are too dazed by the novelty to gauge the risk. The chances of Donald Trump being re-elected in November are not very high. That is the source of Americas danger.
But first, the good news. The Pentagon has no interest in breaking a 233-year habit to interfere in US politics. , the US defence secretary, frightened a lot of people earlier this week by referring to Americas streets as the battle space in support of Trumps call to dominate the protests.
Lafayette Square Protester Removal And Photo Op
On June 1, 2020, federal law enforcement officials used batons, rubber bullets, pepper spray projectiles, stun grenades, and smoke to remove a largely peaceful crowd of protesters from Lafayette Square, outside the White House. Trump then walked to St. John’s Episcopal Church, where protesters had set a small fire the night before he posed for photographs holding a Bible, with senior administration officials later joining him in photos. Trump said on June 3 that the protesters were cleared because “they tried to burn down the church and almost succeeded”, describing the church as “badly hurt”.
Religious leaders condemned the treatment of protesters and the photo opportunity itself. Many retired military leaders and defense officials condemned Trump’s proposal to use the U.S. military against anti-police brutality protesters. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General , later apologized for accompanying Trump on the walk and thereby “creat the perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
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Impeachment Is An ‘act Of Political Vengeance’ Trump Lawyer Says
“At no point was the president informed the vice president was in any danger,” Michael van der Veen argued, adding that there is “nothing at all in record on this point.” Van der Veen also accused the House impeachment managers of failing to do their due diligence on this issue.
“What the president did know is that there was a violent riot happening at the Capitol,” van der Veen said. “That’s why he repeatedly called via tweet and via video for the riots to stop, to be peaceful, to respect Capitol police and law enforcement and to commit no violence and go home.”
But van der Veen’s argument left senators with additional questions.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who says he is undecided on whether he’ll vote to convict Trump, asked for more details regarding Tuberville’s account of the call with Trump and his tweet railing against Pence.
“Does this show that President Trump was tolerant of the intimidation of Vice President Pence?” Cassidy asked.
But again, van der Veen disputed the sequence of events, calling discussion of Tuberville’s call “hearsay.”
“I have a problem with the facts in the question because I have no idea,” van der Veen responded.
Cassidy told reporters later that he didn’t think his question got a good answer.
Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, hailed by many for his heroism during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, participates in a the dress rehearsal for Inauguration Day.hide caption
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“History will wait for our decision.”
Trump’s Business May Go On Trial On Tax Charges Just Before The 2022 Elections
Trump Tower embodies the contradictions of Donald Trump’s business, post-presidency. There’s a cachet to sell, but also an extremely polarizing brand. Trump’s continued espousal of lies about the 2020 election have driven away potential partners after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, associates from Deutsche Bank to the Professional Golf Association pulled back.
There’s an ongoing criminal fraud case by the Manhattan district attorney against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg. The New York attorney general and the Westchester district attorney are also investigating. Trump, his company and the CFO have denied wrongdoing.
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Trump Tower’s new wine and whiskey bar, 45, includes enormous pictures of the former president, in and around the White House. Andrea Bernstein/NPRhide caption
Trump Tower’s new wine and whiskey bar, 45, includes enormous pictures of the former president, in and around the White House.
Once, Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan was a bustling indoor mall, with floors and floors of retail, a pink marble atrium and an indoor waterfall. On a recent visit, the waterfall and the pink marble were still there, but the escalator going up from the first floor was roped off, a currency exchange was closed, and small ground-level shops had been converted to display windows for Trump-branded merchandise.
There is something new: a wine and whiskey bar, called 45. Its logo, ringed with stars, looks kind of like a presidential seal. Inside, there are enormous pictures of the former president, in and around the White House.
Trump Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Niece New York Times
Attorneys for Trump and his siblings have asked a judge to dismiss the suit, contending that her time to pursue the claims has long since expired. They also pointed to Mary Trump’s possession of the records she said she was misled about.
“ll of the information that plaintiff claims was unknown to her until 2018 and which forms the basis of her alleged fraud claims, was plainly made known to her and her lawyer twenty years ago,” Trump’s team argued.
Trump has also filed his own suit against Mary Trump, alleging that she violated their settlement and a nondisclosure agreement.
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Panama Hotel Fraud And Tax Litigation
Ithaca Cap. Invs. v. Trump Pan. Hotel Mgmt., No. 18-cv-00390
Plaintiff: Ithaca Capital, a real estate holding company that purchased a majority of the Trump International Hotel in Panama
Case Summary: Donald Trumps private hotel businessTrump International Hotels Managementis embroiled in federal litigation over a hotel management deal gone bad. Until 2018, Trump International operated a luxury hotel in Panama. As was its standard business practice, Trump International contracted with a separate owner to provide management services and use of the Trump label. When a prior owner went bankrupt in 2015, Ithaca Capital moved to purchase a majority of the hotels units. But per Ithaca, Trump representatives made a series of fraudulent claims that oversold the hotels profitability. Unaware, Ithaca went ahead with the purchase.
The hotel soon ran into financial trouble, and the relationship between the two parties collapsed. Once Ithaca ended the partnership, it claims to have discovered that Trump International had allegedly underreported costs, diverted hotel revenue, and failed to pay income taxes.
The parties are currently in discovery and are due to finish by Fall 2021.
Update: The parties filed a series of sealed letters in July and August 2021. On Sept. 15, 2021, the parties voluntarily agreed to end the suit.
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Indeed, thats how courts tend to see it, and they treat journalists differently when it comes to these types of claims. For example, in a 1996 case, Charles Huggins, the ex-husband of Melba Moore, a guest on The Maury Povich Show, sued host Maury Povich in a New York court for allegedly defamatory remarks Moore made on the show in violation of the ex-spouses confidentiality agreement.
The court in that case ultimately agreed with Povich that private confidentiality provisions cannot be invoked to impose liability in such a case without violating the most fundamental rights of a free press to report on matters of legitimate public interest.
Ultimately, Donald Trump could win a case against his niece. But not one against the Times or its reporters.
Danny Cevallos is an MSNBC legal analyst who practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful conviction and criminal defense in Pennsylvania, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands at the law firms of Cevallos & Wong in Pennsylvania and Edelman & Edelman in New York, where he is of counsel.
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Trump Sues His Niece And The New York Times Over Tax Story His Niece Might Be In Trouble
Former President Donald Trump has filed a $100 million lawsuit in New York against his niece Mary Trump and The New York Times. He accuses Mary Trump of breach of contract and the Times and its reporters of wrongfully interfering with that contract. Specifically, hes alleging that Mary Trump shared his tax returns with three Times reporters, breaching a prior agreement she had made to keep them confidential. The Times then printed the information.
Assume, hypothetically, that the facts in his complaint are accurate. Granted, thats a big assumption. But, if true, things dont look great for Mary Trump.
Donald Trumps complaint isnt lacking in colorful language, charging that the defendants engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential records that they exploited for their own benefit and utilized as a means of falsely legitimizing their publicized works. However, that doesnt mean his underlying contention isnt valid. Assume, hypothetically, that the facts in his complaint are accurate. Granted, thats a big assumption. But, if true, things dont look great for Mary Trump.
Her uncles complaint alleges that, in prior litigation involving the estate of Fred Trump, Donald Trumps father and her grandfather, to which she and Donald Trump were parties, Mary Trump or her lawyers obtained more than 40,000 pages of highly sensitive and confidential documents, including financial documents, accountings, tax records, income tax returns and more.
Trump Continues To Lie Says ‘real Insurrection’ Happened When He Lost Election
Donald Trump did not put his name back on many company documents after his presidency Weisselberg, who was indicted for 15 felonies, removed his own name from some corporate documents only Donald Trump Jr.’s and Eric Trump’s names remain on many management filings.
Even without all the brand challenges, Trump is heavily tied up in businesses such as office rentals and retail that are struggling post-pandemic. Just this month, Forbes took the former president off its tally of the 400 richest people. Had Trump sold off his assets and invested in markets while he was president â which ethics experts advised him to do â he would have been $4.5 billion richer today, Forbes said.
“What sorts of businesses would you want to be invested in, in 2021?” asked Dan Alexander, the senior editor at Forbes who calculated Trump’s wealth. “Not many people would pick large office buildings and big fancy hotels located in urban areas.”
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Trump for two months has been claiming contrary to evidence that his loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden was the result of widespread fraud. Multiple state and federal reviews, as well as courts, have rejected those claims as unsupported.
Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College by 306-232 and carried the popular vote by more than 7 million ballots. The only Democrat on Georgia`s election board, David Worley, asked Raffensperger in a letter on Sunday to investigate whether the president had violated state law that prohibits solicitation to commit election fraud.
Raffensperger said the district attorney in Fulton County, home to Atlanta, might be the appropriate authority to carry out such an investigation. The county`s district attorney, Fani Willis, said she found news reports about Trump`s phone call with Raffensperger “disturbing.”
The state election board can refer the case to her office and the state attorney general, said Willis, a Democrat elected in November. “I will enforce the law without fear or favor. Anyone who commits a felony violation of Georgia law in my jurisdiction will be held accountable,” Willis said.
Even if Republicans in the Senate were successful in their objections, the campaign would fail in the House, which is controlled by Democrats.
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In case you were wondering whether New York prosecutors were done looking into former president Donald Trump’s affairs, it appears they were only just beginning, because multiple media reports say they’ve now created a second grand jury to determine whether new criminal charges should be filed against the Trump Organization. While the first grand jury eventually wrapped up their work by the filing of 15 counts of indictments against Trump’s family firm and against CFO Allen Weisselberg for tax evasion, this one is meant to be looking specifically at how the Trump company determined the value of its assets .
The Washington Post quoted an unnamed source who said people working for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and New York Attorney General Letitia James have been asking about the initiation fees Trump golf courses were asking new members to pay, and Trump’s role in deciding what those fees might be. The fees were seen to be important, because Trump himself said he considered them to be a barometer of how well his golf courses were doing.