Ex-President Donald Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen says Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump were criminal activities. Cohen insisted during a CNN interview that more indictments would be on the way for individuals within the former president’s circles. Cohen himself was previously prosecuted over criminal offenses including his part in illegal hush money payments that were dished out to women with whom Trump had affairs, and in the time since, the Trump family business’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, was also prosecuted in connection to a years-long tax evasion scheme involving high-dollar executive benefits at the Trump Organization.
.@MaddowBlog: Team Trump isn't just trying to hide Jan. 6 information from Congress, it's also trying to hide information about the federal response to Covid-19. https://t.co/CvuYKzvNay
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 22, 2021
Cohen — who spent years in Trump’s orbit and thus has substantive knowledge of the inner workings at play here — commented, in part, as follows:
‘I do want to make this promise to you and to all of your viewers, that I may have been prosecuted, and right now I am the only one, but I will not be the only one at the end of the day… for this crime and for others.’
As Republicans complain about Democrats not balancing the budget, Bloomberg reports that a massive Trump admin estate tax giveaway that particularly served the ultra-rich sparked a 50% plunge in IRS revenue from the taxes.https://t.co/KCJWgAQYE6
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 22, 2021
Asked a follow-up question by host Alisyn Camerota of who else that Cohen expected to be slated for prosecution tied to the hush money, he added as follows:
‘I’m going to leave that to the district attorney and to the attorney general to continue their investigations… [Separately], there were quite a few people that were involved [in the hush money payments]. Eric Trump was involved. Obviously Allen Weisselberg, who’s already under indictment. Don Jr., Ivanka — there were a slew of people that were involved in this. I was certainly not alone. This wasn’t a one-on-one conversation with Donald — it was a much bigger group. Let’s just leave it at that.’
Watch Cohen below:
The Washington Post published a report just this week outlining how prosecutors in New York are zeroing in upon a particular issue in their investigation of the Trump Organization: valuations. Stunningly, the Trump company’s valuations for a single building in Manhattan ranged by hundreds of millions of dollars within a span of just months in 2012. To possible lenders, for whom a higher value would be more in the company’s favor because of its reflection on their financial standing, the Trump Organization claimed their building at 40 Wall Street to be worth $527 million. To tax authorities, the company valued the same building at $16.7 million. Criminal fraud could underlie these striking irregularities. Read more from the Post here.
NEW: NY prosecutors are now focused on whether Trump broke the law by providing widely different valuations for the same properties.
In one case, Trump told lenders a bldg was worth $527M— but told tax authorities it was worth just 1/30th of that.https://t.co/fJTBIuJDSI
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) November 22, 2021