After literal decades of avoiding any and all consequences for a life of corruption that has included everything from inciting an attack on the U.S. Capitol
to attempting to extort Ukraine
, to allegedly directing his lawyer to violate
campaign finance laws, to lying to the public about COVID-19
, to allegedly stiffing
hundreds of contractors, is Donald Trump
actually going to be held accountable for running a company accused of, among other things
conspiracy, grand larceny, and multiple counts of tax fraud and
falsifying records? On the one hand, he never has, so why would anyone
expect it to happen now? On the other, thanks to the work of Manhattan
prosecutors and helpful witnesses, he appears to be closer than ever to a
situation in which he spends numerous years in prison!
[....] the Daily Beast reports
that Weisselberg‘s ex-daughter-in-law, who’s been extremely helpful
to Cyrus Vance Jr.
office thus far, provided the Manhattan D.A.’s office with explosive
information concerning Donald Trump’s involvement in the crimes his
company and longtime employee have been accused of committing.
[....] she was in Trump’s office at Trump Tower during a January 2012 meeting
in which the real estate developer discussed compensation with Allen and
Barry, explaining that while the latter would not be getting a raise,
his children’s private school tuition, which clocked in at more than
$50,000 a year per child, would be paid for. According to Jennifer
Weisselberg, Trump turned to her and allegedly said, “Don’t worry, I’ve
got it covered.” While that might sound like an instance of the
ex-president being an uncharacteristically
generous guy, prosecutors have claimed that Allen Weisselberg was awarded numerous
fringe benefits over the years—like a free apartment, cars, and, yes,
private school tuition—for the express purpose of avoiding paying taxes.
Which, according to the indictment against him, he did, to the tune of