A Daily News Op-Ed piece looks beyond the media headlines to point out that while Trump might be a ex-President who in adept at using the media and politics to escape trouble….
Trump decades long account isn’t….
And has SERIOUS legal trouble….
(There will be no pardon)
The piece below references Nixon and the Mafia and the Trump case….
The Nixon and Mafia tax fraud schemes are relevant to this moment in history.
While the indictment filed against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Alan Weisselberg, does not name Trump as a defendant, it is generally accepted that Weisselberg would not have created the tax evasion scheme alleged in the indictment without the participation and approval of Trump. This commonsense conclusion, however, does not a criminal tax case make without admissible evidence that Trump knowingly and purposely participated in the alleged scheme to defraud the government in its collection of taxes….
According to the indictment, Trump’s tax fraud was far more pervasive and of a much greater scope. Indeed, investigative reporting by the New York Times shows that cheating the government was the Trump family’s regular way of conducting business. For example, the Times reported that Fred Trump, Donald’s father, had evaded enormous amounts of gift taxes by funneling funds to Donald and his siblings through a phony corporation, All County Building Supply and Maintenance Corp
In the Nixon tax case, we used the same prosecutorial technique of attempting to turn Nixon’s subordinates against him. There were three individuals who were personally involved with Nixon in preparing the backdated deed for the gift of papers, a White House lawyer, Nixon’s personal lawyer and the individual who appraised the gift of papers.
Of those three, only one cooperated. The other two were indicted and went to trial….
Significantly, the indictment of both Weisselberg and the Trump Organization sets up an unsolvable conflict in their individual defenses. The case against Weisselberg is based almost entirely on documents, company records and tax returns, leaving him with no viable defense. His lawyers cannot properly argue in a court of law, as they have done in the press, that this is a “witch hunt” motivated by politics or that what is alleged are standard business practices.
In the face of this formidable proof, the only viable defense left to the Trump Organization is to separate itself from Weisselberg and claim he was a rogue employee acting on his own. But to direct the blame squarely on Weisselberg carries the enormous risk that Weisselberg may feel used and abandoned by Trump. That is the pickle the former president is in….