It’s been a few weeks since the attorney general’s office in New York announced that President Trump’s charitable foundation was a personal piggy bank, which, among other awful things, made unlawful in-kind contributions to Trump’s racist campaign. The extent of the legal issues which were raised by the court filing is mind-boggling.
There are questions surrounding the evil president and his evil family allegedly being in charge of a fraudulent charity. There were many flagrant violations of the federal election laws.
However, what may be the toughest legal angles is tax returns, which Trump knows he can’t let anyone see.
Like New York Times reported recently, the president signed all those federal tax returns claiming (falsely) that his foundation was never used for either political or business purposes, but now there’s a lot of evidence which suggests it got used for both of them. Indeed, the article explained that when Trump signed those tax documents, he stated, while at risk for perjury, “that the foundation did not engage in transactions with interested parties, and that the foundation did not carry out political activity.”
Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold pointed out the other day that Donald Trump’s signature was located “just below a stern warning from the IRS: Providing false information could lead to ‘penalties of perjury.’”
In 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Donald J. Trump Foundation stated that none of its money had been used to benefit Trump or his businesses. But the New York attorney general found that, in each of those years, Trump had used his charity’s funds to help one of his businesses. In 2013, the attorney general alleged, Trump also failed to disclose an improper gift to a political group.
This means this isn’t a one-time bureaucratic mistake. Trump and his corrupt family ran a fraudulent charitable operation and then they repeatedly lied in official legal documents regarding the nature of the phony foundation’s work.
The Washington Post’s article also said, “It is a felony to knowingly file a false tax return, with potential penalties of up to $100,000 in fines and up to three years in prison. In rare cases – where prosecutors could prove the falsehood to be deliberate – people have been convicted of signing false tax returns.”
That’s exactly what Jenny Johnson Ware, who is a criminal tax lawyer in Chicago, said to the New York Times earlier in the month: “People have gone to prison for stuff like this, and if I were representing someone with facts like this, assuming the facts described in this petition are true, I would be very worried about an indictment.”