Finally we get to hear some good lawyering. Replacing Rudy as the legal beagle for all things Trump are two excellent attorneys that are worth a listen. They came out swinging following the indictment of Weisselberg yesterday. Attorneys Alan Futeras starts and Susan Necheles gives the coup de grâce just outside the court house.
In addition to grand larceny and other charges against Weisselberg, the 24-page indictment charges the Trump Organization with first-degree fraud and scheme to defraud — alleging that they kept tax authorities in the dark about more than $1.7 million of indirect compensation, thereby unlawfully evading hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal, state, and local taxes.
“The scheme was intended to allow certain employees to substantially understate their compensation from the Trump Organization, so that they could and did pay federal, state, and local taxes in amounts that were significantly less than the amounts that should have been paid,” the indictment states. (Hello, isn’t that the responsibility of the individual to pay any taxes owed if required?)
Weisselberg, 73, entered the court in handcuffs, surrounded by court officers, shortly before his arraignment began.
The 15-count indictment accuses the Trump Organization of flouting tax obligations by letting Weisselberg and other top executives collect nonmonetary “fringe” benefits and perks, including free or basically free use of apartments in the Trump real estate empire, as well as private school tuition, Mercedes Benz leases and end-of year holiday bonuses, all of which were not reported to tax authorities.
One wonders why Trump gets a bit fed up with it all? Already he is fighting seventy lawsuits. Impeachments, anyone and everyone that works with him before it’s over will be investigated. Millions in legal fees.
Donald Jr shares his thoughts on the matter.
The best of the swamp today.