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Mon Mar 22, 2021, 11:13 AM

'Next phase' of criminal probe into Trump finances: Finding witnesses

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Source: Reuters




March 22, 20215:02 AM Updated 3 hours ago


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Prosecutors are looking to gather information and testimony from bankers, bookkeepers, real-estate consultants and others close to the Trump Organization who could provide insights on its dealings, according to interviews and court filings. The process of identifying all witnesses and targets could take months.

ďThe next phase is identifying targetsĒ for subpoenas and testimony, said one person familiar with the case.

Vance has not accused Trump or his associates of wrongdoing but is examining, among other things, whether property values were manipulated to reduce Trumpís taxes or obtain other economic benefits. The case is being heard by a grand jury that will decide whether there is evidence to indict Trump or his associates.

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THE INSIDERS

Vanceís investigation will likely rely heavily on Trumpís closest associates - people who can address the key question of what Trump was thinking when he made the financial claims now under scrutiny. Only a core group of Trumpís confidantes can address that state-of-mind question, which is critical to proving criminal intent........................



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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-investigation-witnesses-ins/next-phase-of-criminal-probe-into-trump-finances-finding-witnesses-idUSKBN2BE15X








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Reply 'Next phase' of criminal probe into Trump finances: Finding witnesses (Original post)
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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 22, 2021, 11:27 AM

1. Lock him up!

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 22, 2021, 11:39 AM

2. "The process of identifying all witnesses and targets could take months."

That helps to gauge expectations.

Makes me wonder, though, why Vance waited until this year to really ramp up this investigation. I was under the impression he was working on it for the last few years. I guess he was. I had heard years ago that Weisselberg was turning state's evidence; that seems to still be in the future.

I wonder if the previous admin would have interfered if he had taken the steps then that he's taking now. (Barr seems to have shut down Mueller's referrals and the counterintel investigation, unless I'm missing something.)

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 22, 2021, 11:55 AM

3. "grand jury that will decide whether there is evidence to indict Trump or his associates"

I like that sentence a lot!

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 22, 2021, 12:40 PM

4. Identifying Witnesses

That probably means "identifying henchmen who are sufficiently implicated by the documentary evidence that we can lean on them hard and flip some of them".

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Mon Mar 22, 2021, 03:03 PM

5. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING

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