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Trump Sweating: New York Prosecutors Hire Forensic Financial Experts on Case
The current best theory is that Donald Trump will pardon himself. Some of us with fairly sophisticated legal training at good schools believe that a self-pardon is an illegal or can be nullified. The very word “pardon” implies giving it to someone else. Moreover, there would be real legal arguments that there is no such thing as a self-pardon given the entire reason the founders provided the power in the first place.
But given the fact that there is at least the possibility that Trump’s federal pardon could work, the pressure on the New York state prosecutors builds with each day. Someone, somewhere, will need to look into the relationship with Russia and it should start with the money. Even though many of us are not all that wild about states prosecuting presidents or former presidents (imagine what Arkansas might do to Obama), if there is going to be a state prosecution it had best come from a big state with big legitimacy. New York will work. New York can look into financial relationships with Russia through Deutsche Bank.
And that sounds like that’s exactly what they’re doing. According to the Washington Post:
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has retained forensic accounting specialists to aid its criminal investigation of President Trump and his business operations, as prosecutors ramp up their scrutiny of his company’s real estate transactions, according to people familiar with the matter.
>District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. opened the investigation in 2018 to examine alleged hush-money payments made to two women who, during Trump’s first presidential campaign, claimed to have had affairs with him years earlier. The probe has since expanded, and now includes the Trump Organization’s activities more broadly, said the people familiar with the matter.
Now, this would be less of a big deal were it not for the fact that the Manhattan D.A. surely has its own specialists in financial crimes, who are very good and very experienced, including rather sophisticated accounting crimes. But in this particular prosecution, the Manhattan D.A. is taking on the [significant] expense of hiring people that do this for a living for America’s biggest corporations. At the highest court level, some mistakes can cost billions. These people find mistakes and make sure they’re not made.
Because Donald Trump may have trusted people like Deutsche Bank and his own accounting firm to ensure that mistakes are hard to find, it makes sense that the Manhattan D.A. would go “next-level” if they’re now interested in getting to the root of the Deutsche Bank, Trump, and possible mob (Russian) axis.
And that will make a guy sweat if he’s specialized in criminality for years.
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