[WATCH] New Twist in Trump Org Case: Will Trump Be Deposed?
Donald Trump’s legal woes are skyrocketing.
Trump’s lawyers who once promoted litigation to overturn the election now face sanctions hearings in Michigan for making false claims in court filings. Trump also plans to sit for a deposition in his social media lawsuit as the criminal probe into his namesake company continues. Discovery in both cases could reveal much more than he ever intended, however. Legal experts say the indictment for Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg last week suggests bigger targets are in line, potentially including the former guy’s three main adult children.
The indictment filed last week against the Trump Organization and Weisselberg doesn’t name too many others, but there’s one major exception: a list of seven Trump Organization companies, including one where Ivanka Trump held an executive role for eight years.
Prosecutors say the seven companies, along with unnamed Trump entities, exhibited a pattern of paying “a substantial portion” of year-end bonuses to Weisselberg and “other executives” as if they weren’t employees, but independent contractors. Prosecutors also claim the companies and executives knew the practice was wrong, and the amounts appear to be substantial. For instance, Weisselberg allegedly broke the law by putting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonus money in a tax-free pension plan.
But experts say the arrangement also implicates the companies—and possibly the executives who ran them. That could spell major trouble for Trump’s children, as well as Trump himself, who has already adopted a legal strategy of ignorance of the tax laws, while also publicly claiming at his Sarasota rally last weekend that he “knows more about taxes and tax laws than anybody.”
Hey All. Here’s my overview and breakdown of the Trump Org/Weisselberg indictment. These crimes are deadly serious, and the evidence is strong. And all indicators suggest there are more charges to come. Which is as it should be. Because #JusticeMatters https://t.co/smMZQZIrkr
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) July 6, 2021
Jason Johnson sat in for Ari Melber on “The Beat” on Friday and was joined by former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance to discuss the legal storm Trump faces. Watch them shred the Trump Crime Family like they wish they’d done with all of their documents, below.