Donald Trump’s inauguration committee has been accused of money laundering and making false statements in a subpoena from prosecutors with the Southern District of New York (SDNY). And it appears that both the president and the vice president could soon be facing criminal charges as a result.
CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz reported on Twitter that on the cover of the subpoena, prosecutors alleged that the committee partook in “conspiracy against the US, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, inaugural committee disclosure violations, and laws prohibiting contributions by foreign nations and contributions in the name of another person.”
The violations alleged in the subpoena cover:
Conspiracy against the US, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, inaugural committee disclosure violations, and laws prohibiting contributions by foreign nations and contributions in the name of another person https://t.co/ZDjequ6OuL
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 5, 2019
These are the charges that the SDNY is planning against Donald Trump and his family. But others in Trump’s inner circle — including Mike Pence — are likely to be charged also.
This is a big deal because the inauguration reportedly was little more than a front for Trump and his family to take illegal foreign bribes and then pocket the money.
The SDNY subpoena is notable because it’s the first time they’ve published a detailed list of criminal charges they plan to file against Donald Trump, his family, and members of his inner circle.
Some people believe that Robert Mueller plans to have his allies at SDNY bring criminal charges against Trump’s kids as a way of forcing Trump out of office. That may or may not be true. But it appears that Trump is the primary subject of the SDNY investigation, and this has major implications for Vice President Mike Pence.
In December we reported that Mueller would probably soon be charging Pence with some very serious crimes due to his role as head of the transition team.
Earlier today we reported that when Trump fired Chris Christie as head of the transition team — and replaced him with Pence — it was because Christie would not go along with Trump’s scheme to steal $107 million in inauguration funds.
But what has not been reported is how this implicates the vice president in Trump’s obvious crimes. The only reason for Trump to put Pence in charge of the transition would be that Pence would raise no objections to letting him steal the $107 million. Trump knew Pence would do whatever he was told to do.
There is no doubt that the federal prosecutors in the SDNY have strong evidence against Trump for his inauguration crimes. This evidence includes not just a paper trail proving the crimes, but also witnesses who can testify about Trump’s criminal intent. It looks like a slam-dunk case against the president.
We have to assume that in their mountains of evidence, the SDNY also has the evidence they need to prove that Vice President Pence was in on the criminal conspiracy.
Even if the Department of Justice refuses to indict the sitting president, this won’t stop them from indicting the vice president.
Mike Pence may find that his history of licking Donald Trump’s boots and doing whatever he is ordered to do will make him the subject of a federal indictment very soon — and may end up sending him to prison.
The odds of Nancy Pelosi becoming President of the United States seem to be increasing every day.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.