This train has been moving down the track for some time now, and the January 6 committee is about to reach its dreadful destination. They are on the verge of announcing criminal referrals in relation to the riot at the Capitol following the 2020 presidential election.
Chairman Bennie Thompson, this past Tuesday, made this official by telling reporters that referrals were on the way and would be submitted as a separate document from the final report of the committee.
Chairman Thompson did not announce names of people who will be receiving criminal referrals, but there’s not a person breathing who doesn’t believe that Donald Trump is the focus of their investigation.
The CNN article on this next move noted that the committee’s members have agreed that they feel the former president, in fact, committed a crime on January 6. It hasn’t mattered that they really never uncovered direct evidence supporting their feeling, and it won’t now. The train cannot be stopped.
The bottom line is that former President Trump is in some serious trouble; it is as clear as a bell when you look at all of the moves the committee has made.
The committee’s actions are coinciding with the Department of Justice’s new special counsel who is targeting Trump. This is not being done by coincidence. Both the committee and the DOJ made announcements on the same day on issues that relate to Trump’s leadership. It was absolutely choreographed.
The DOJ special counsel Jack Smith subpoenaed officials in several states asking for communications with or involving former President Trump, his campaign aides, and his allies who might have been involved in his efforts to attempt to overturn the 2020 election. These subpoenas went out to officials in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Arizona.
The January 6 committee is not the only problem for Trump right now. There has been a revival of New York State’s criminal case against Trump, and these things are not happening separately; this is being choreographed.
On Tuesday, a Manhattan jury found two Trump Organization companies guilty of multiple charges of criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records. This is connected to a 15-year scheme they say the Trump organization had to defraud tax authorities by failing to report and pay Taxes.
The Trump Corp. and Trump Payroll Corp. were found guilty of all charges they faced.
Donald Trump and his family were not charged in this case, but the former president was mentioned repeatedly during the trial.
Trump Organization Facing Fraud Charges and Fines
The Trump Organization could face a maximum of $1.61 million in fines when sentenced in mid-January.
“This was a case about greed and cheating,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said. “The Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation got away with a scheme that awarded high-level executives with lavish perks and compensation while intentionally concealing the benefits from the taxing authorities to avoid paying taxes. Today’s verdict holds these Trump companies accountable for their long-running criminal scheme.”
When asked on “CNN This Morning” Wednesday why charges weren’t brought against the former president, Bragg said the investigation is ongoing.
“This was a chapter in it. A case against the corporations,” Bragg said.
Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass told the jury in closing arguments that Trump “explicitly sanctioned” tax fraud and urged them to reject the defendant’s argument.
“This whole narrative that Donald Trump is blissfully ignorant is just not true,” Steinglass said.
The train has been unstoppable, and people are now waiting at the station for what they hope will be Trump’s demise. He’s faced this same crowd before and surprised all of us.