Trump intermingled his business with his presidential campaign, and now the Trump Organization is being investigated for potential federal campaign finance violations.
Bloomberg reported, “Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether anyone in the Trump Organization violated campaign-finance laws, in a follow-up to their conviction last month of Michael Cohen, according to a person familiar with the matter. The inquiry, not previously reported, shows that the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office doesn’t intend to stand down following the guilty plea from Trump’s longtime personal lawyer. Manhattan prosecutors are working on a parallel track to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is tasked with examining Russian interference in the presidential election and who is referring other matters as they arise to appropriate sections of the Justice Department.”
Indicting the Trump Organization Is A Way To Indict Trump
When Trump didn’t separate his business from his presidential campaign, Trump gave federal prosecutors an easy, but indirect way, to indict him. Much of the focus from the feds is on the fact that Trump funneled money from his company to pay back Michael Cohen for the hush money payouts to keep Trump’s affairs quiet, but the business and the campaign were so mixed together that it would be worthwhile for investigators to examine the potential for a wide series of campaign finance violations.
Trump’s presidential campaign on the cheap that was run out of the same building where his business is housed was campaign finance violation waiting to happen. Trump has likely already committed several felonies with the payouts. It will be interesting to see how far and how deep the felonies could reach inside the Trump Organization.
Prosecutors may not be able to indict Trump while he is in office, but they can indict his company, which he is still in charge of. One way or another, the law is going to get Donald Trump. It is just a matter of how and when it happens.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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