tRump is a criminal and that will be proven soon enough. As I have said since he first refused to disclose his tax returns, most likely are convictions for tax fraud and money laundering. just look at the number of his cronies already convicted of crimes!
Trump’s legal troubles are far from over even as Mueller probe ends The conclusion of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign hardly spells the end of President Trump’s legal woes.
Nearly every organization Trump has run over the last decade remains under investigation by state or federal authorities, and he is mired in a variety of civil litigation, including a lawsuit filed in New York state by a former contestant on his reality television show that could force him to answer questions under oath later this year about his treatment of women.
Here’s a look at some of the legal issues still facing Trump even as the dark cloud of the 22-month-long Mueller cloud lifts.
Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in August to breaking campaign finance law by arranging pre-election payments to two women who said they had extramarital affairs with Trump. Cohen told a federal judge that his actions were intended to silence the women to help Trump win the election. Cohen said he had been directed by Trump, who was referred to in court documents drawn up by federal prosecutors in Manhattan as “individual one.”
Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant, was one of about a dozen women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct before the 2016 election. She filed suit against Trump in New York in 2017, arguing that Trump defamed her when he called his accusers “liars.”
Trump’s lawyers have said they plan to appeal, but if the ruling stands, it means Trump would likely have to sit for a deposition in the matter in coming months. He would face questions about Zervos’s allegations — she has said that Trump groped her and kissed her without consent during a 2007 encounter in a Los Angeles hotel room that she had believed was supposed to be a business meeting.
Trump is facing two federal lawsuits alleging that he has violated the Constitution because his private company continues to do business with foreign governments. Trump’s D.C. hotel, down the street from the White House, has already hosted parties put on by the Kuwaiti, Azerbaijani and Philippine embassies, and it rented more than 500 rooms to lobbyists for the Saudi government starting just after the 2016 election. Trump’s hotel in Chicago has also hosted a national day celebration by the Romanian consulate. The Trump Organization has said it made $191,000 in profit from foreign governments last year and donated that amount to the U.S. Treasury. But it has not specified who its foreign customers are and how much they paid in total.
The Constitution prohibits presidents from taking “emoluments” from foreign states, or the government of individual U.S. states.
Another lawsuit, filed by congressional Democrats, is also proceeding — but is at an earlier stage of the legal process. If either succeeds, the plaintiffs could bring to light the Trump Organization’s list of foreign-government customers. The company has declined to reveal that list. Trump still owns his businesses, although he has handed over day-to-day control to his sons Don Jr. and Eric, and company executive Weisselberg.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan sent a subpoena in February to the presidential inaugural committee, the entity that organized Trump’s $107 million festivities when he took office in January 2017. The request sought a broad range of records covering nearly every aspect of the committee’s activities, including documents related to its record-setting fundraising, vendor payments, perks for donors and other communications. It also requested all records related to one specific donor, a California-based venture capital firm run by a major Democratic donor who switched sides after Trump’s victory and gave $900,000 to the Trump inaugural. That man, Imaad Zuberi, has denied any wrongdoing.
In addition, the committee has also received subpoenas from state attorneys general offices in New Jersey and D.C., which are each investigating whether the not-for-profit committee’s spending fulfilled its charitable aims.
Trump and his company are facing a battery of investigations from state authorities in New York, where the Trump Organization is headquartered. New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is suing Trump in state court because of what the state called “persistently illegal conduct” at Trump’s 30-year-old charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The suit says that Trump used the charity’s money to buy paintings of himself, to pay off legal settlements for his for-profit businesses, and to give his own presidential campaign a boost during the 2016 Republican primaries.
“The evidence shows that the Foundation’s charitable assets were repeatedly used for the personal benefit of Mr. Trump,” the attorney general’s office wrote in a recent filing. Trump and his children Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric have also been sued; they were all technically members of a charity “board” that hadn’t met since 1999, the attorney general’s office says.
In that case, Trump has agreed to shutter the foundation, but the case is still pending. The attorney general is seeking millions in penalties and restitutions, and seeking to ban Trump from serving on the board of any New York charity for 10 years.
In addition, Trump’s company appears to be the focus of two new state inquiries that followed the congressional testimony by Cohen. Cohen told a House committee in February that Trump had submitted inflated summaries of his assets to both insurers and would-be lenders, seeking to mislead them about the state of his net worth. After that, state authorities sent subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and another bank that loaned money to Trump, and to Aon, Trump’s longtime insurance broker. One person familiar with the subpoena to Aon said that Cohen’s account — and the “statements of financial condition” that he said Trump used to inflate his assets — were “a key component” of the state’s inquiry.
State investigators in both New York and New Jersey have spoken to an attorney for undocumented immigrants who worked for years at Trump’s golf clubs, according to the attorney. In January, the company fired at least 18 workers — many of them longtime employees — after an audit found that their immigration documents were fraudulent. Neither the New York nor the New Jersey attorney general has commented on these cases or confirm that they had opened a formal investigation.
Trump’s longtime friend and former political strategist Roger Stone is set to go to trial in November for allegedly lying to Congress about his efforts to find out what material WikiLeaks held before the 2016 election. The anti-secrecy site upended the campaign in by publishing emails from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta, that prosecutors have said were stolen by Russian operatives. Stone was charged jointly by Mueller’s office and prosecutors in Washington.
Stone has pleaded not guilty and said he intends to fight the charges. The trial will showcase evidence of the Trump campaign’s eagerness to leverage WikiLeaks’ stolen documents for political benefit. Prosecutors have said that Stone communicated campaign officials including adviser Stephen K. Bannon, about WikiLeaks.