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[WATCH] New Twist in Trump Org Case: Will Trump Be Deposed?

[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.

[US President-elect Donald Trump along with his son Donald, Jr., arrive for a press conference at Trump Tower in New York, as Allen Weisselberg (C), chief financial officer of The Trump, looks on January 11, 2017. – As US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen delivered hours of riveting testimony to a US House committee on February 27, 2019, one name came up again and again: Allen Weisselberg. Weisselberg, 71, is the publicity-shy chief financial officer of the Trump Organization and one of the real estate tycoon’s oldest and closest advisors. Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images]
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.”

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.

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