Vanity Fair: Donald Trump’s Odds of Going to Prison Just Skyrocketed

The Trump Organization and its CFO will reportedly be hit with criminal charges on Thursday, and additional indictments may be coming.


Vanity Fair: Three years after it began its criminal investigation of Donald Trump’s Trump Organization and its executives, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is reportedly expected to charge the ex-president’s company and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, with tax-related crimes on Thursday, according The Wall Street Journal.

Obviously this marks a major escalation of the probe, and Trump will presumably respond to the news by lashing out like a man increasingly concerned that prison may be in his future.

According to the Journal, Weisselberg and the company are expected to be hit with charges related to allegedly avoiding paying taxes on fringe benefits. For months Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office has been investigating whether the perks the CFO (and other employees) was awarded, including cars, corporate apartments, and private school tuition, were a way of evading money owed to the IRS.

In addition to reportedly obtaining Weisselberg’s personal tax returns, the D.A.’s office scored a trove of financial documents from his ex-daughter-in-lawJennifer Weisselberg, whose former husband, Barry Weisselberg, is also a longtime employee of the company.

(In his divorce deposition Barry was unable to answer a number of questions about his taxes, and when asked if taxes had been paid on the Trump Organization–owned apartment where his family previously lived, he said he didn’t know. Pressed to explain discrepancies between what he said he earned and what he actually reported on tax forms, he responded: “I’m not an accountant. I know what I make. I’m not too sure of certain things.”)  read more…

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  1. Another Reaganite is on his way to hell. This one gassed many Iranians and Kurds as the sec of offense.

  2. I was listening a little while ago The Highwayman song and while I was reading this, I thought Trump he could sing, the first song verse, the part that sing Willie Nelson but with a little update….
    I was a highwayman
    Along the campaign rallies, I did lie
    Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade
    The bastards try to hung me after election in twenty-one
    But I am still alive….

  3. “Since nine eleven” the chance of charges against Trump being prosecuted are highly unlikely, I my humble opinion.
    No offense intended.

  4. I’d call charges of not paying taxes on employee perks underwhelming. Where are the undervaluing for taxes/overvaluing for loan collateral fraud charges? This is like a waitress who doesn’t report tips on her 1040.

    • Indeed! The same waitress who’d served-up the “Red Herring Blue Plate Special.”
      Q: “Where’s this fish from, miss?”
      A: “The Kitchen.”
      Psychopaths are always psychopaths even when they’re chefs with 13-flutes in their kitchen headress.

    • I caught a mention yesterday that the subsidized rentals could be huge money, like $20K a month in Trump Tower, over ten or 20 years that adds up to quite a lot of untaxed income, and then you add in the kids. It’s in the millions. To let somebody go with a tap on the wrist would unleash a howl over all the little people who got hammered for much smaller amounts. The length that this went on feeds the narrative of ‘running a continuing criminal enterprise”.

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