Lets go back a few folks….
Donald Trump had problems with Federal taxes….
Donald Trump had problems with New York and New Jersey laws….
Donald Trump had a general money problems and had gone to Russian’s for money…
Donald Trump has gone out of way to NOT show his taxes to anyone….
In Robert Mueller’s investigative group are IRS and Treasury investigators ….
Also Dept. of Justice white collar crime investigators …..
Donald Trump , his son, son-in-law and Paul Manafort did business in New York State….
It is reported that New York State investigators are working with the New York State people…
Mueller also has a Grand Jury sitting in Manhattan and Brooklyn….
Trump is said to be a billionaire…
That means he has done a LOT business ….
You can bet Mueller’s people have a copy of Trump’s Federal and State tax returns…and are looking at the financial’s of his business empire’s in America and abroad….
If Mueller doen’t get Trump and his associates for one thing?
They need to worried about others….
There’s an interesting lesson in the fact that Paul Manafort is being brought down by criminal money laundering and tax evasion charges that are at best tangentially related to his work for Trump’s campaign — there’s a lot of white-collar crime happening in America that people are getting away with.
Making white-collar criminal cases is labor-intensive, it’s difficult, and under ordinary circumstances it doesn’t necessarily win a federal prosecutor any friends. The increased post-9/11 emphasis on terrorism cases; the Supreme Court’s unwise decision to acquit Arthur Andersen and reduce Jeff Skilling’s sentence, both for charges related to the Enron matter; and the political pressure to dedicate a wildly disproportionate share of federal law enforcement resources to immigration enforcement have all conspired to transform white-collar criminal prosecution into something of a lost art. Jesse Eisinger’s recent book, The Chickenshit Club, tells the story well if you’re interested.
The point, however, is that Manafort’s criminal misconduct only came to light because he happened to have stumbled into massive political scandal that put his conduct under the microscope in a way that most rich criminals avoid.
By the same token, over the years Trump has been repeatedly fined for breaking federal money laundering rules, been paid millions in hush money to settle civil fraud claims, been caught breaking New Jersey casino law, been caught violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, been caught violating federal securities law, been caught violating New York nonprofit law, and — of course — been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault.
Yet throughout this storied history of lawbreaking, Trump has never faced a major criminal charge. He gets caught, he pays a civil penalty, and he keeps on being a rich guy who enjoys rich-guy impunity — just like Manafort. In an ideal world, the United States would not be systematically soft on white-collar crime. In a second-best world, Congress would discharge its constitutional obligation to engage in meaningful oversight of the executive branch. In the real world, we have Bob Mueller….