Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner has guessed at some of the crimes Trump could be charged with if charged in Manhattan.
Kirschner said on MSNBC’s The Katie Phang Show:
It’s a little silly to predict that the grand jury might have decided to indict Donald Trump, but let’s be a little silly this morning and try, we’ve heard a lot about the forgery of business records charge now, c It’s a misdemeanor in New York. Unless you falsify these business records further – to further other crimes, to facilitate them, or to cover up other crimes, I would be truly surprised if what we see next week, assuming he is charged and that the indictment is unsealed, I’d be really surprised if all we saw was a felony of falsifying business records.
I suspect we’re going to see probably three, four, five maybe more charges that might look like campaign finance violations, violations of New York State law, they might look like misdemeanors taxes because apparently Donald Trump has continued to take the hush money reimbursement payments as a business expense which of course is tax evasion I think we are currently in a guessing game posture, but I suspect we’ll see a handful of accusations next week.
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For those asking what is the crime of Trump giving Stormy Daniels a check, the answer is that such a question is incorrect.
Trump didn’t give Stormy Daniels a check. He asked his attorney at the time, Michael Cohen, to deliver a check to Daniels, then lied about the purpose of the check by calling it a legal service fee, then deducting the money from Daniels by the Cohen’s intermediary on his taxes.
Donald Trump committed fraud to avoid campaign finance laws and to prevent the public from finding out about his affair with Stormy Daniels before the election.
The payment was an illegal contribution to his campaign which he laundered through Cohen, which is completely illegal.
Only grand jury members and DA Alvin Bragg know for sure if Trump will be charged or what he will be charged with, but as Kirschner pointed out, there are serious crimes that could be charged which, if convicted , would make the former president a criminal.
Jason is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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