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    02-22-2021, 05:13 PM #1

    Trump's taxes to be released

    Donald Trump brags that he's a "genius" and a "shrewd businessman " and a "great deal-maker" – and yet he's spent many years trying to keep his tax records secret. Today he finally lost his battle. And, not surprisingly, the orange-skinned parrot continues to squawk, "Witch hunt! Witch hunt! Awwrkkk!"

    Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns to New York prosecutor
    CNN, Feb 22 2021 2:11 PM ET

    The Supreme Court today cleared the way for a New York prosecutor to obtain former President Donald Trump's tax returns, dealing a massive loss to Trump who has fiercely fought to shield his financial papers from prosecutors. The documents will be subject to grand jury secrecy rules that restrict their public release. The ruling is a bitter loss for Trump, even if the tax records are shielded from public disclosure, after he consistently argued that the subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was overbroad and issued in bad faith.

    It means the grand jury investigation into alleged hush money payments and other issues will no longer be hampered by Trump's fight to keep the documents secret. The subpoenas span documents from January 2011 to August 2019, including his tax returns, from Mazars. The documents relate to the Trump Organization's employment of Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and hush money payments Cohen allegedly made to two woman who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Trump. In a statement, the former President said the Vance investigation "is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country."

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    02-22-2021, 06:19 PM #2
    Last September, the New York Times reported that Trump paid no federal income taxes in ten of the past 15 years. He paid only $750 in taxes in 2016. He paid only $750 in taxes in 2017. In a 2016 debate, Hillary Clinton suggested Trump was refusing to release his tax records because he paid nothing in federal taxes. "That makes me smart," Trump gloated. "Smart"? Really? Trump could eventually be indicted on charges of tax fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud and/or falsification of business records.

    Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns
    HuffPost, Feb 22 2021 10:01 AM ET

    The Supreme Court today paved the way for a New York City prosecutor to obtain former President Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation, a blow to his quest to conceal details of his finances. The justices without comment rebuffed Trump’s request to put on hold an October 7 lower court ruling directing the former President’s longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA, to comply with a subpoena to turn over the materials to a grand jury convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. The data could provide details on Trump's wealth and the activities of his family real-estate company, the Trump Organization.

    Vance issued a subpoena to Mazars in August 2019 seeking Trump’s corporate and personal tax returns from 2011 to 2018. Trump’s lawyers sued to block the subpoena, arguing that as a sitting President, Trump had absolute immunity from state criminal investigations. The Supreme Court in July rejected those arguments but said Trump could raise other objections to the subpoena. Trump’s lawyers then argued before lower courts that the subpoena was overly broad and amounted to political harassment, but US District Judge Victor Marrero in August and the New York-based 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in October rejected those claims.

    Vance’s investigation, which began more than two years ago, had focused on hush money payments that the President’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen made before the 2016 election to two women – adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal – who said they had sexual encounters with Trump. In recent court filings, Vance has suggested that the probe is now broader and could focus on potential bank, tax and insurance fraud, as well as falsification of business records.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/us-su...b66dfc10204659

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    02-22-2021, 09:08 PM #3
    In 2011, Trump said he would release his taxes if Obama released his birth certificate. In 2014, Trump said he would release his taxes if he decided to run for president. He never had any intention of releasing his taxes. He is hiding something. Something big.

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    02-25-2021, 05:07 PM #4
    Did Trump inflate the value of his buildings and assets when he applied for loans but underestimate the value of his buildings and assets when he did his taxes? Considering he paid no taxes in ten of the past 15 years, the answer appears to be "yes." "Lock him up! Lock him up!"

    Trump's tax returns and related records turned over to Manhattan district attorney

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/polit...nce/index.html

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    02-27-2021, 06:05 PM #5
    Jennifer Rodgers, a CNN legal analyst and a former federal prosecutor, looks at the accelerating pace of the Manhattan District Attorney's investigation into Donald Trump's finances and the likelihood of criminal charges being filed. "Lock him up! Lock him up!"

    Opinion: On Trump's taxes, here's where it gets interesting

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/opini...ers/index.html

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    03-02-2021, 12:51 AM #6
    Donald Trump loves to brag about being a "great deal-maker." He might soon get a chance to make several more deals – or, as prosecutors refer to them, "plea bargains."

    Trump is facing probes from 5 independently elected investigators

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/01/polit...ors/index.html

    Litigation tracker: Pending criminal and civil cases against Donald Trump

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    03-07-2021, 08:33 PM #7
    Weisselberg is the Trump Organization's chief financial officer. In 2016, Trump ordered attorney Michael Cohen to make hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, with whom Trump had an affair. Weisselberg arranged for the Trump Organization to reimburse Cohen. Investigators would love to speak with Weisselberg and his two sons. One son manages Trump's Central Park ice rinks and the other is an executive with Ladder Capital, which has loaned money to the Trump Organization.

    Accountant faces pressure to turn on Trump in criminal probe
    Reuters, Mar 7 2021 8:54 AM

    When lawyers asked Donald Trump in 2007 to identify who estimated values on some of his signature properties, he shrugged and pointed to his longtime accountant, Allen Weisselberg. Trump was testifying in a defamation lawsuit he brought against a journalist, a case that hinged on whether Trump had inflated the value of his business empire. A judge dismissed that suit but Trump’s comments illustrate the challenges now facing Weisselberg, 73, as he comes under scrutiny in Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s investigation into whether the former President and his Trump Organization committed financial crimes.

    Few people have been as deeply involved in Trump’s finances as Weisselberg, a trusted figure in Trump’s family business who began working for Trump’s father, Fred, in 1973 at the company’s Brooklyn office, paying bills and tracking the rental payments from apartment towers. Legal experts and a source familiar with the criminal investigation say prosecutors’ apparent goal is to convince Weisselberg to cooperate with the probe into Trump’s dealings. Vance’s office and a separate civil probe by New York Attorney General Letitia James are both examining whether Trump misrepresented the value of his assets for tax benefits, among other potential violations.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN2AZ0IO

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    04-01-2021, 07:36 PM #8
    "Lies will come back to bite you in the butt," wrote Charlaine Harris in her 2001 novel Dead As A Doornail. Dishonest Donald is about to find that out.

    Trump's own statements in old lawsuit could haunt him in any future criminal case
    CNN, Apr 1 2021 8:56 AM ET

    Donald Trump once said he calculated his net worth, to a degree, on his "feelings" and he put the "best spin" on some of the assets. "I think everybody" exaggerates about the value of their properties. "Who wouldn't?" Did he inflate values? "Not beyond reason," Trump said, insisting he gave his "opinion" to a key associate and "ultimately" let that person make the decision, according to an exchange in a 2007 deposition. The exchange now takes on fresh meaning as Manhattan prosecutors investigate whether Trump's "best spin" was common practice in local real estate circles – or if he crossed the line into illegal activity. The answer could determine whether Trump ends up facing criminal charges.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/01/polit...unt/index.html

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    04-03-2021, 08:18 PM #9
    Dishonest Donald's reelection campaign had to refund $122 million in donations that it obtained through trickery. People who thought they were making a one-time donation failed to notice that they were actually agreeing to monthly or weekly recurring donations. You all remember Dishonest Donald. He's the man who called himself a "law-and-order" candidate.

    Trump’s reelection campaign used scam tactics to draw millions of dollars from unwitting supporters

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump...b68872efe74771