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"This whole narrative that Donald Trump is blissfully ignorant is just not true," assistant district attorney Josh Steinglass said during his closing statement.
The conviction carries fines of up to $1.7 million. But collateral consequences of a conviction may be more significant to Trump, who is seeking a second term in the White House. Banks could call in loans and business partners could cancel contracts if their internal policies prevent them from doing business with felons.
The trial also revealed potentially embarrassing details about Trump, including that he reported nearly $1 billion in operating losses over a two-year period in 2009 and 2010, as well as losses each year for the decade between 2009 and 2018 -- some of the same years Trump was touting his business acumen on reality television and as he was campaigning for president.
Trump organization is facing a separate lawsuit by NY attorney general on another fraud case. This case focus on tax evasion where he deflated the asset value so to reduce property tax. At the same time, he inflated the property value so to get favorable lending rates.
This conviction is small and there are more serious legal trouble coming …
"The agency only selected Trump for an audit on April 3, 2019, which was the same day Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, asked the then-IRS commissioner for Trump’s tax returns.
The panel is also slated to release six years of Trump’s tax returns following the Tuesday vote. Those documents, however, are in the process of being redacted and have not yet been published."
In the meanwhile, the tax returns of two former FBI agents, James Comey and Andrew McGabe, were audited.
Something does not make sense here?
On the contrary, this makes a lot of sense.
Trump appointed a compromised, subservient IRS commisioner.
He leveraged this appointment to:
1) impede his IRS tax audits and the subsequent release of his tax returns
2) utilize IRS tax audits as a weapon against individuals perceived to be enemies
This scenario is consistent with Trump's modus operandi.
He hires/appoints individuals who are expected to be extremely loyal.
Trump often exploits these relationships for personal gain while disregarding laws and ethics in the process.
No, WE need him to be in effing jail.
An item I just saw, early this morning.
"...The DA added that his office’s investigation of Trump and his businesses remains ongoing.
In a statement after the sentence came down, New York Attorney General Letitia James said it “proves once again that no one is above the law, not even Donald Trump or his business.”
James’ office is leading a civil probe into Trump, his family and his businesses regarding allegations of widespread financial fraud. She has filed a sweeping civil lawsuit against those parties and others seeking at least $250 million in damages..."