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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

NY Times: DA Is Investigating Trump And His Company Over Fraud

New York Times, D.A. Is Investigating Trump and His Company Over Fraud, Filing Suggests:

The Manhattan district attorney’s office suggested on Monday that it had been investigating President Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud, a significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past.

The suggestion by the office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., came in a new federal court filing arguing that Mr. Trump’s accountants should have to comply with a grand jury subpoena seeking eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. Mr. Trump has asked a judge to declare the subpoena invalid.

Until now, the district attorney’s inquiry had appeared largely focused on hush-money payments made in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election to two women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump.

In the new filing, the prosecutors did not explicitly identify the matters under scrutiny in the grand jury inquiry, which by law is conducted in secret. But they said that “undisputed” assertions in earlier court papers and several news reports about Mr. Trump’s business practices showed that the office had a wide legal basis for the subpoena.

Washington Post, Prosecutor Calls Trump’s New Bid to Shield Tax Returns an End-Run Around Supreme Court Ruling

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/08/ny-times-da-is-investigating-trump-and-his-company-over-fraud.html

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Comments

It seems improper to target someone for investigation for political purposes. But if that's acceptable today, the other side should get it hard and good too.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 5, 2020 1:30:48 PM

"It seems improper to target someone for investigation for political purposes."

Is this a reference to the constant refrain of "Lock Her Up!" and the DOJ investigation into Hillary Clinton that the Trump administration started (and then quietly killed when it became clear that all of the fake Clinton scandals were, you know, fake)? You're right - what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 6, 2020 12:18:40 PM

Amen to that!

Posted by: Donna O’Mega | Aug 6, 2020 4:14:29 PM

UT: "Is this a reference to the constant refrain of "Lock Her Up!"

Intentionally mishandling classified information at least 100 times, including 65 instances of "secret" level classification, and 22 instances of "top secret" level classification, including aerial photography of North Korean nuclear installations, references to intelligence agents in other countries, and discussions of the timing and location of drone strikes, are not political acts, they're criminal acts.

I cite instances of government employees who were locked up for far less.

Posted by: MM | Aug 6, 2020 7:51:49 PM

"It seems improper to target someone for investigation for political purposes."

I bet you weren't saying this during Trump's impeachment over exactly this behavior.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 6, 2020 8:37:03 PM

Does anybody have a clue when this "fraud" occurred?

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Aug 7, 2020 7:43:37 AM

The state department has completed its years-long internal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email and found “no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information”.

Meanwhile as I'm sure you'll deny, Trump was properly impeached for trying to get a foreign nation to open an investigation for purely political purposes, and was withholding duly appropriated Congressional funds as leverage. Reaping, sowing, etc.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 7, 2020 8:45:24 AM

Really? Not improper to spend 100’s of thousands in tax payer funds to prove 0. But that’s ok to further the efforts to oust a President whose only crime is doing his job - like him or not he has accomplisheted that. What did the impeachment exersise do - a big fat 0!

Posted by: DOMA | Aug 7, 2020 12:50:31 PM

" But that’s ok to further the efforts to oust a President whose only crime is doing his job - like him or not he has accomplisheted that."

Yeah, 160,000 dead, tens of millions of jobs lost, and trillions of new debt while he waddles around at his private golf courses. We've had enough of his job performance.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 11, 2020 7:35:46 AM

"160,000 dead, tens of millions of jobs lost"

You know, when last I checked about 40% of those deaths were in the tri-state New York area, and 40% of those deaths were in nursing homes.

No mention whatsoever of Gov. Cuomo's nursing home order that literally led to those deaths.

You have a very strange moral calculus, sir. It's almost as if politics trumps pretty much everything in your world, huh?

Posted by: MM | Aug 11, 2020 8:17:24 PM

"You have a very strange moral calculus, sir."

Yes, one where being the president of the United States is a position that entails responsibility, not just open grifting.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 12, 2020 3:05:20 PM

MM: "You have a very strange moral calculus, sir. It's almost as if politics trumps pretty much everything in your world, huh?"

I wonder: have you ever thought that these words might in fact apply to you?

Posted by: Gerald Scorse | Aug 13, 2020 8:08:53 AM

Unemployed, Gerald:

Feel free to continue attacking me and avoiding the issue. I'll just note that both of you have said absolutely nothing about Cuomo's nursing home order, which he himself avoids discussing and rejects any independent investigation of.

And you question other peoples' morality? Your silence is violence, in this case, it actually is.

Posted by: MM | Aug 14, 2020 10:32:15 PM

Gerald: "I wonder: have you ever thought that these words might in fact apply to you?"

Do you also wonder if you were wrong to cheer on the George Floyd protestes, here at this blog, which were in direct violation of pandemic stay-at-home orders?

Because now we've got a doubling of cases compared to April and more deaths. What was your moral calculus for cheering on those protests, again?

Posted by: MM | Aug 14, 2020 10:36:11 PM

@Gerald,

MM"s immorality refutes itself. He's inferring that these deaths don't count because... reasons. Imagine if we had this sort of cowardice after 9/11. "They were just New Yorkers." "Blue state problem." "It's New York's fault they didn't prevent the attack, not the Commander in Chief's."

Pathetic, MM. Pathetic.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 15, 2020 8:41:21 AM

MM: 1. I never defended Cuomo. He made a wrong decision; 2. BTW, have you ever admitted the numerous, continuous mistakes that Trump has made? We're basically the laughing stock of the world when it comes to containing the virus--largely, if not entirely, because of the decisions he's made or not made; 3. Re the George Floyd protests spreading the virus, it's not so simple: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article244085697.html

Posted by: Gerald Scorse | Aug 15, 2020 11:56:49 AM

MM: Re the U.S. handling of the coronavirus: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/coronavirus-american-failure/614191/

Posted by: Gerald Scorse | Aug 15, 2020 12:02:46 PM

@MM: That's what feel good liberal policies always do. Cause more damage than good. Part of me thinks he, or someone in his administration, had a stubborn parent in a nursing home that simply refused to die. Maybe they got that inheritance in the end.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 15, 2020 2:02:21 PM