Donald Trump took a major hit after losing an attempt to prevent his tax records from being released to New York prosecutors. Video / Sky News Australia
Former reality TV star and former US president Donald Trump has put out a bizarre Easter message, proving he hasn’t gotten over the fact that he lost the election.
Her message is, if nothing else, inclusive, because she can put her painful feelings aside to wish her a happy Easter.
“Happy Easter to ALL, including the CRAZY Left Radicals who rigged our Presidential Election, and want to destroy our Country,” he wrote, in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Trump released his message just days after damning reports showed his campaign was forced to spend $ 122.7 million in refunds to supporters last year.
According to a New York Times investigation, Trump’s campaign tricked donors by setting up “recurring donations by default for online donors, for each week up to the election”, with the opt-out option hidden in the team’s fine print disclaimer. “getting darker” ahead of election day.
Trump is currently undergoing various criminal investigations and, according to reports this week, faces a very high likelihood of ending up in prison.
As well as being a defendant in no less than 29 lawsuits, according to the Washington Post, the 74-year-old has also been the subject of multiple criminal investigations – including one in which a lawyer has gained access to his tax returns after four-years of fighting on Trump’s side to keep it a secret.
Investigations into whether he had committed bank, tax and insurance fraud have escalated rapidly in recent weeks, after the personal bank notes of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg were called in.
“Mr Weisselberg, who is not accused of wrongdoing, has overseen the Trump Organization’s finances for decades and may hold the key to every possible criminal case in New York against the former president and his family business,” wrote the New York Times reporter. on Wednesday.
Those with knowledge of the matter also told the Times that prosecutors were looking for a new chapter of internal Trump Organization documents to “compare the details.” [of each Trump property’s financial situation] information that companies provide to lenders and local tax authorities to assess whether the company is fraudulently misleading them “.
While Trump is unlikely to go to jail for “the rest of his life,” it is “very likely” that, if convicted of insurance and bank fraud, it could “lead to criminal prosecution and that will carry a prison sentence”, Legal analyst for the Daily Beast, said. Jay Michaelson, said at the end of February.
“If Trump does commit some kind of crime, even if it’s kind of, you know, some sort of ordinary business crime – if he dies, it’s important that there isn’t a culture of impunity in this country, which needs to be done. A message is sent that there are consequences, no matter how big. your wealth and importance, if you break the law, “Washington’s chief correspondent for the New Yorker, Jane Mayer, told NPR’s Terry Gross.
But, Mayer added, people he spoke to who knew Trump were skeptical that he would ever serve time in prison, predicting instead that “he would run away”.
“It’s hard to know what to expect. But that – for me, however, it’s hard for me to really contemplate in the orange jumpsuit on, you know, Rikers Island,” he said.
“I think there is really a chance he could face serious charges and be punished. I mean, this is no joke.”
In addition to a criminal investigation, Trump was also sued this week by two Capitol Police officers, who are battling a mob angry that the former president was accused of “inciting” on January 6.
In the federal lawsuit, officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby are demanding compensation for the physical and emotional injuries they suffered during the violent rebellion.
“The rebel mob, which Trump had instigated, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted, forced their way through and past the plaintiffs and their fellow officers, pursued and attacked them inside and outside the United States Capitol, and caused injuries. , “the lawsuit states, according to the Washington Post.
“Officer Hemby was attacked non-stop. He was bleeding from a wound that was located less than an inch from his eye. He had cuts and blisters on his face and hands and his body was pinned to the large metal door, fending off the attack.”
Blassingame, who is Black, faced “endless threats and attacks” from the masses, and “it was not clear to him on January 6 that he would hold on to return home”.
Trump has also faced multiple defamation lawsuits – including author E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of sexually abusing him at Bergdorf Goodman in late 1995 or early 1996, only to have Trump deny his accusations and claim he lied to increase sales of a book. .
Another, involving a former Summer Apprentice contestant Zervos, has been given the green light to move forward after Trump’s lawyers attempted to fire him because he was president.
Zervos ran ahead of the 2016 election, alleging that Trump groped and kissed her without her consent in 2007. In 2017, he sued her for defamation after he denied her accusations and called her story a “hoax”.
“Now a private citizen, the defendant has no further reason to delay justice for Ms. Zervos, and we are eager to return to court and prove her claim,” Zervos’ lawyer, Beth Wilkinson, told The Wall Street Journal in a statement.
– additional reporting by news.com.au