Impeached twice, guilty of committing dozens of Constitutional violations, and organizing a failed coup, yet Donald Trump remains a free man. This might change soon.
New York charged Trump with multiple crimes related to his personal business operations. Americans have known for some time that the former president played a game that allowed him to avoid paying taxes by offering reduced values for his properties, by inflating the value of those same properties when seeking loans from large financial institutions like Deutsche Bank.
On Monday, the accounting firm “Mazars” announced it was ending its long-time relationship with the Trump organization, citing “non-waivable conflict of interest.”
For months, the New York Attorney General’s Office has attempted to subpoena Trump, Trump Jr., and Ivanka. They continue their attempts to enforce active subpoenas seeking financial records. A hearing is set for Thursday.
CNN suggests Mazars is attempting to protect its interests as the pressure on Trump continues to escalate. The accounting firm issued the following statement: “We have come to this conclusion based, in part, upon the filings made by the New York Attorney General on Jan. 18, 2022, our own investigation, and information received from internal and external sources.”
Mazars wrote in a letter to the Trump organization’s chief legal officer advising them to no longer rely on financial statements ending in June 2011 through June 2020:
While we have not concluded that the various financial statements, as a whole, contain material discrepancies, based upon the totality of the circumstances, we believe our advice to you to no longer rely upon those financial statements is appropriate.
Those who do not think these violations are serious remember the notorious criminal Al Capone was finally placed in federal prison for tax evasion. Unfortunately, he died in that prison, never convicted of murder or drug trafficking.
There are many reasons to believe that investigations into Trump’s business ventures will reveal a life of crime related to his desperation to be recognized as a billionaire. The truth is that Trump failed at every effort in his 75 years but was bailed out by others, including Russian oligarchs and the Saudi Royal Family. This explains why he gave nuclear secrets to the Saudis and why close friends of Vladimir Putin were members of his original cabinet.
Rex Tillerson, Trump’s first Secretary of State, lacked a single quality that made him a logical choice for this position. He was the CEO of Exxon but had never held any position in government. The only reason he was chosen was because of his close personal and business relationship with Putin. The Russian leader awarded Tillerson a medal, the highest honor a non-Russian can receive.
Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, also maintained a close relationship with the Russian president. At one time, Ross was the president of the Bank of Cyprus, owned by Putin.
Although Trump was born in the United States, he is not a real American. He does not share any of the principles or morals of a true patriot. Instead, he believes in plutocracy and fascist government to protect and rule the wealthy. He should never have been allowed to take the oath of office because the words meant nothing to him. Trump’s promise “to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic” was an empty promise. His Constitutional violations were many, including the planning of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.
It is time that some government agency files charges against Trump, sends him to trial, and locks him up for the remainder of his pitiful life.
Op-ed by James Turnage
Edited by Jeanette Vietti
Newsweek: Donald Trump’s Accounting Firm Might Have Handed Over Half a Million Files to Prosecutors; by Ewan Palmer
CNN: Trump Organization’s accounting firm says 10 years of financial statements are unreliable; by Kara Scannell
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