Trump, of course, has taken the news in typical stride, by which we mean issuing a hysterical, all-caps statement to Fox News saying, “I have been going through this for six years—for six years I have been going through this, and I am not going to go through it anymore. And I hope the Republicans have the courage to fight this. I have been proven innocent for six years on everything—from fake impeachments to [Robert] Mueller, who found no collusion, and now I have to do it more? It is not acceptable. It is so unfair. It is so political.” He added that he will not “partake” in the inquiry, though whether that means he simply won’t cooperate or will actively attempt to obstruct justice, which is very much his thing, was unclear.
Oh, also, in case it was unclear, that statement was full of lies
Nothing says “We do not condone illegal activity” like a six-figure raise
The Trump family continues to look extremely not good. Per the New York Post:
Donald Trump’s kids gave Allen Weisselberg a whopping $200,000 raise—instead of punishing him—after discovering his shady tax practices, the ex-Trump Organization CFO told jurors Friday. Eric and Donald Trump Jr. in 2017 learned Weisselberg, 75, and two other top execs had been getting cushy perks that they didn’t report on their taxes—yet nobody was penalized, Weisselberg testified at the Manhattan Supreme Court tax fraud trial against the Trump Org.
The sons learned of the tax cheating during a “cleanup process” the company underwent with tax auditors when Trump took office as president, Weisselberg said. When prosecutor Susan Hoffinger asked the longtime chief financial officer if the Trump Org demoted or punished him in light of the discovery, he said no. “Were you in fact given a raise…that totaled approximately $200,000?” Hoffinger asked. “Correct,” Weisselberg replied on his final day of testimony.
The Trump Organization has continued to insist it is innocent of the charges it was hit with last year.
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