Former Nixon White House attorney John Dean said Thursday he believed it was only a matter of days before former President Donald Trump was indicted. The name John Dean may sound familiar; he served as a White House advisor to Richard Nixon during the Watergate years.
Dean’s prediction comes from recent events surrounding former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
In a report by The Hill, Cohen allegedly met seven times with the Manhattan prosecutor, apparently in connection with a criminal investigation into Trump’s taxes.
Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence for tax fraud, bank fraud, and lying to Congress for cashing out to adult movie star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had sexual encounters with Trump.
“I assure you that you will not visit a prosecutor seven times if they do not intend to prosecute those of whom you have knowledge. It’s just a matter of the number of days until DA Vance reports Donald & Co. “
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. (D) is currently conducting a full investigation into Trump’s family business and finances.
From personal experience as a key witness, I assure you that you will not visit a prosecutor seven times if they do not intend to prosecute those you know about. It’s just a matter of the number of days until DA Vance Donald & Co. shows https://t.co/OaqribQBQO
– John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) March 10, 2021
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What is the Manhattan attorney doing?
The Supreme Court ruled in February to allow Trump’s tax returns to be published. Trump has consistently said that at some point he would publish his returns but has not yet done so.
Although the Court has allowed the returns to be released, they are deliberately not made public. The judgment only permits use in grand jury proceedings, which are to be treated confidentially.
Former US attorney Harry Litman said, however, that if Vance incriminates Trump, he is “98 percent certain (Trump’s tax information) that he will become public knowledge”.
In addition to looking at Trump’s tax returns for 2011-2018, there are various aspects of Trump’s finances and business relationships that Vance examines.
According to The Hill, one of those things is Trump’s Seven Springs Estate in New York. The Vance office is trying to find out if the property’s value has been inflated in order to gain greater benefits from financial institutions.
The Hill report goes on to elaborate that some of the other things examined related to Trump’s finances are reports of very low federal income tax payments and hundreds of millions of dollars in loans due for repayment.
Former Donald Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen said he would conduct a seventh interview with the Manhattan prosecutor’s office on Wednesday to conduct a criminal investigation into the former U.S. president. https://t.co/MScbPaJRJZ pic.twitter.com/2qTXerK7jn
– Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) March 10, 2021
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Damaging Trump politically
There is also speculation about whether an indictment would harm Trump’s political future, and if so, how much?
Trump’s political opponents say any harm can be done among more moderate supporters rather than convincing Trump supporters.
Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons told The Hill that he believed the base of his supporters “doesn’t matter”.
He added, “But for everyone else – for that khaki and blue-shirted clerk in the middle of Ohio who’s just trying to keep his taxes down, for that average Republican voter out there – I can’t imagine considering other alternatives they would.” Re-elect Donald Trump if exposed to legal danger. “
Simmons can be preoccupied with wishful thinking. Susan Del Percio, a Republican strategist but also an occasional critic of Trump, stated, “Has his goose cooked on it? It depends on what’s in there. “
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– Michael Cohen (@ MichaelCohen212) February 28, 2021
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You don’t stop with Donald Trump
Indictment and conviction of just Donald Trump are not enough.
Not only will Democrats continue to chase Trump over alleged crimes, but they will also keep an eye on his family.
In February, Donald Trump Jr. was dismissed by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine on a complaint by the district over the misuse of funds by Trump’s inaugural committee.
Former first daughter Ivanka Trump was also dismissed in connection with the same inauguration fraud allegations.
In October 2020, Eric Trump, who heads the day-to-day running of the Trump Organization, was dismissed as part of the New York Attorney General’s investigation into whether the Trump Organization improperly increased the value of its assets.
Trump has described the extensive investigation as “the continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in our country’s history”.
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