Donald’s brother Robert Trump issued a letter in response to questions declining to comment on “matters that happened some 20 years ago” and saying that he wished the Times would respect “the privacy of our deceased parents, may God rest their souls.” But hiding behind the “privacy” of the deceased seems like a big ask when a billion dollars or more of scam appears to be behind those tombstones.
Assuming that the Times story is based around genuine, and new, evidence, the IRS is limited to just how far back it can reach when filing charges in criminal court. For some charges that limit can be as short as three years, while for others it’s pegged at 10. But deliberate tax evasion isn’t treated the same way as simply making an error, and not every federal official faces the same regulatory limits as the IRS. In addition to potential criminal charges, there’s no limit to how far back the IRS can look when suing for civil fraud. It’s rare for the IRS to go back more than seven years, and extended civil charges dating back 20 years would require meeting a high burden of proof but … a billion dollars isn’t a typical tax case.
Simple tax evasion or tax fraud isn’t the only possible charge in this instance. Fred Trump died in 1999, and both Donald Trump and his sister, federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, served as executor. Either might face charges, or impeachment, based on their knowing participation in a fraudulent scheme.
The review by the Times looked at thousands of pages of documents, and presented a clear picture of blatant fraud, obvious scams, and a Donald Trump whose only real achievement was being born to a family of wealthy crooks.
What emerges from this body of evidence is a financial biography of the 45th president fundamentally at odds with the story Mr. Trump has sold in his books, his TV shows and his political life. In Mr. Trump’s version of how he got rich, he was the master dealmaker who broke free of his father’s “tiny” outer-borough operation and parlayed a single $1 million loan from his father (“I had to pay him back with interest!”) into a $10 billion empire that would slap the Trump name on hotels, high-rises, casinos, airlines and golf courses the world over. In Mr. Trump’s version, it was always his guts and gumption that overcame setbacks. Fred Trump was simply a cheerleader. ...
By age 3, Mr. Trump was earning $200,000 a year in today’s dollars from his father’s empire. He was a millionaire by age 8. By the time he was 17, his father had given him part ownership of a 52-unit apartment building. Soon after Mr. Trump graduated from college, he was receiving the equivalent of $1 million a year from his father. The money increased with the years, to more than $5 million annually in his 40s and 50s.
Donald Trump is a scam artist, was a scam artist, and is from a family of scam artists. Everything he has was handed to him—and at least half of it came right out of the pockets of ordinary Americans who had to cover for his tax fraud.
The New York Times figured all this out. And they don’t have former Trump attorney Michael Cohen—but special counsel Robert Mueller does. And they don’t have former Trump Co. executive Allen Weisselberg—but the Southern District of New York’s attorneys do. And they don’t have Trump’s taxes—but the Democrats in the House will … after November.
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