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  • The Manhattan DA’s office will charge the Trump Organization and its CFO, per multiple reports.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that they would be charged with tax-related crimes on Thursday.
  • They would be the first indictments to come out of a two-year investigation into Trump’s company.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office plans to charge the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer with tax-related crimes on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal first reported .

It would be the first wave of indictments following a two-year investigation into whether former President Donald Trump’s sprawling real-estate company violated state laws and engaged in financial crimes.

The charges against CFO Allen Weisselberg will be based around him receiving benefits from the company – like apartments, cars, and school tuition – without paying the appropriate taxes on them, according to the Associated Press .

Weisselberg has been under prosecutorial scrutiny for months as investigators tried to flip him as a cooperating witness.

Prosecutors have also examined whether Matthew Calamari, the Trump Organization’s chief operating officer , and his son Matthew Calamari Jr., the company’s head of security, accepted similar perks without paying taxes on them.

Nicholas Gravante Jr., an attorney representing both Calamaris, told Insider that he did not expect charges against his clients this week .

“Although the DA’s investigation obviously is ongoing, I do not expect charges to be filed against either of my clients at this time,” he told Insider Wednesday.

The investigation kicked into high gear in February when the Supreme Court cleared the way for prosecutors to obtain eight years of Trump’s tax returns. Prosecutors homed in on Weisselberg earlier this year and secured the cooperation of his former daughter-in-law, Jennifer.

Jennifer Weisselberg told Insider’s Jacob Shamsian that she’d given investigators boxes of documents from her messy divorce with Barry Weisselberg, also a Trump Organization employee. She said they showed evidence of the couple receiving fringe benefits from the Trump Organization – like housing and tuition payments for their children – without properly paying taxes on them.

Barbara Res, a former executive at the company, told Insider that Barry Weisselberg’s position at the company could be part of the reason his father hasn’t flipped against Trump.

Manhattan prosecutors started investigating the Trump Organization after Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and longtime fixer, accused the company of facilitating a hush-money payment to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges that she had an affair with Trump in the mid-2000s.

Cohen testified to Congress that he and Weisselberg had helped coordinate the payment with Trump’s knowledge. Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to several felony counts of campaign-finance violations, tax evasion, and wire fraud in connection with the payment.

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The inquiry later ballooned to examine whether Trump’s real-estate business manipulated its property values for loan and tax purposes and whether it violated banking and insurance laws.

Ron Fischetti, Trump’s defense lawyer, told Politico earlier this week that his client would not be charged in the first indictment from the DA’s office.

Prosecutors “just said, ‘When this indictment comes down, he won’t be charged,'” Fischetti told Politico. He added that the DA’s office said its investigation was “ongoing,” meaning the former president may not be out of hot water just yet.

Legal experts say that even if key figures like Weisselberg haven’t struck cooperation deals, it doesn’t mean they won’t flip down the line and turn in a bigger fish. Fischetti acknowledged that investigators wanted to use other witnesses to get evidence against Trump.

“They could not get Allen Weisselberg to cooperate and tell them what they wanted to hear, and that’s why they are going forward with these charges,” he told NBC News last week . “They could not get him to cooperate because he would not say that Donald Trump had knowledge or any information that he may have been not deducting properly the use of cars or an apartment.”

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Chuck Schumer Insults Trump Voters In Video: “How Could 74 Million Vote For Despicable, Dishonest, Vile” Trump

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer went after former President Donald Trump and 74 million Trump voters at an event with Roosevelt Island and Upper East Side community leaders in New York City.

Schumer said that Trump voters chose to cast their vote for a “despicable,” “racist,” and “vile” man. Schumer then said Trump is “dishonest and divisive.”

“How could 74 million people vote for such a despicable human being as Donald Trump?” Schumer says in the video below.  “I don’t care if you’re a liberal or a conservative, Democrat or Republican, he is a vile man.”

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Who is Adam Kinzinger? Conservative congressman turned anti-Trump leader

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The news on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will appoint Rep. Adam Kinzinger as the second Republican representative on the special House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is once again putting the congressman from Illinois in the national spotlight.

Kinzinger made headlines at the beginning of this year as one of the most high profile of the 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach then-President Trump for his role in inciting the deadly attack on the Capitol by right wing extremists and other Trump supporters bent on disrupting congressional certification of now-President Biden’s Electoral College victory.

But Kinzinger, one of the most well-known Republican critics of Trump on Capitol Hill, has been making headlines for over a decade.

Kinzinger joined the Air Force after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, serving in both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s currently a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard. As a 32 year old, he was first elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave election of 2010, beating a Democratic incumbent by nearly 15 points in a north central and north eastern Illinois district, thanks in part to Sarah Palin’s endorsement. Two years later, after redistricting, he took down 10-term GOP Rep. Don Manzullo in the primary before winning the general election.

While he’s drawn praise from Democrats for his anti-Trump language, Kinzinger doesn’t come close to aligning with the Democrats on policy. He’s long opposed the Affordable Care Act, best known as Obamacare, opposes increasing taxes, and advocates against abortion rights. 

Kinzinger was never a Trump loyalist, but the attack on the Capitol magnified his opposition to the then-president.

The storming of the Capitol occurred soon after Trump urged a large crowd of supporters he addressed at a rally near the White House to march to the Capitol and show strength in protesting the certification of the election.

The then-president was impeached by the House a week later on one count of inciting an insurrection. Ten Republicans – including Kinzinger – joined all 222 Democrats in voting to impeach Trump, with 197 Republicans voting against impeachment. In February, after leaving the White House, Trump was acquitted in a Senate trial, with 7 GOP senators joining all 50 Democrats in the chamber to vote to convict the former president.

In an interview with Fox News earlier this year, Kinzinger lamented that “today’s Republican Party is not the one I joined.”

“The party that always spoke about a brighter tomorrow no longer does. It talks about a dark future instead. Hope has given way to fear. Outrage has replaced opportunity. And worst of all, our deep convictions are ignored. They’ve been replaced by poisonous conspiracies and lies. This is not the Republican road and now we know exactly where new and dangerous road leads. It leads to insurrection and an armed attack on the Capitol,” he argued.

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Trump reshaped the Republican Party during his four years in the White House and ruled over it with an iron fist. And six months removed from his presidency, Trump’s sway over the GOP hasn’t diminished.

Kinzinger stressed that “Republicans must say enough is enough. It’s time to unplug the outrage machine, reject the politics of personality and cast aside the conspiracy theories and rage.”

“The future of the GOP is on the line,” he emphasized. “Let’s take back our party.”

The now 43-year-old Kinzinger, who was easily reelected last November, is facing half a dozen primary challenges, including one from a Republican who named his campaign committee “Impeach Adam Kinzinger 2022.”

But Kinzinger’s stance against Trump has boosted his fundraising. His reelection campaign’s hauled in nearly $2 million during the first half of this year, and he has more than $3 million cash on hand. And the Country First Leadership PAC, which he formed earlier this year to support other anti-Trump Republicans, is also bringing in big bucks.

Kinzinger will join Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming as the two Republicans on the panel investigating the insurrection. Cheney, the most high profile House Republican to vote to impeach the then-president, was stripped of her House GOP leadership position in the spring for her anti-Trump sentiments.

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