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Manhattan prosecutors review ‘highly unusual’ criminal charges against Trump Organization

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Former President Trump’s lawyers learned Friday that the Manhattan district attorney’s office is reviewing criminal charges against the Trump Organization involving fringe benefits the company gave a top executive, reported by the New York Times.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who has steered a three-year investigation into Trump’s business dealings with help from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office, could file the charges against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg by next week, if he chooses to pursue an indictment.

The possible charges would take into account whether Trump’s company correctly recorded and paid taxes on benefits Weisselberg and other executives were given, like private school tuition for one of his grandchildren, rents on apartments, and car leases.

Reported by the Times, prosecutors have been assembling a case against Weisselberg for months in an effort to press him to cooperate with the probe into the former president. As a longtime Trump Organization employee, Weisselberg is assumed to have inside knowledge about Trump’s dealings that could prove useful to investigators trying to say that the former president or his employees engaged in a crime.

If Vance continues, these would be the first criminal charges filed against Trump’s company in the course of the Southern District of New York’s highly publicized probe into Trump and his business dealings.

Trump’s lawyers reportedly met with prosecutors Thursday in an effort to persuade them not to drag the Trump Organization to court over what may be a pointless matter. Legal experts specializing in tax law told the Times that it would be “highly unusual to indict a company just for not paying taxes on fringe benefits.” None of the experts could name a recent example of another company going against similar charges over perks like company cars.

“Still, an indictment of Mr. Trump’s company could deal a significant blow to the former president just as he has flirted with a return to politics,” the Times acknowledged, a point Trump will doubtlessly use in his longstanding and ongoing complaints that the investigation into his businesses led by Vance, a Democrat, is a partisan “witch hunt.”

After the Times released its report, Trump’s lawyer, Ronald Fischetti, slammed the possible charges in a statement to NBC News after stating that “there are no charges that are going to be leveled against Mr. Trump himself.”

“The corporate office will plead not guilty and we will make an immediate motion to dismiss the case against the corporation,” Fischetti said. “Mr. Trump is outraged that they are still going after him by going after his company where he has loyal employees for decades.”

“It looks like they are going to come down with charges against the company and that is completely outrageous,” Fischetti said. “I’ve been practicing for over 50 years and I’ve never seen a case like this where they would indict or charge an individual or a company on tax evasion for using a company car or company apartment and then tie it to the company that he is working for without any evidence that what he did benefited the company.”

Fischetti said New York prosecutors were persecuting Weisselberg because he would not go against former President 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,” Fischetti said. “And 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.”

Last month, District Attorney Vance called on a grand jury to go over the evidence from his probe into Trump’s business dealings and decide whether to indict the former president. It is uncertain if more possible criminal charges will come out against the Trump Organization or the former president.

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Cruz criticizes Biden’s ‘unconstitutional’ vaccine mandate: ‘They want to change the topic from Afghanistan’

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Cruz calls Afghanistan the evacuation the ‘worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation’

Senator Ted Cruz, said Sunday that President Biden’s vaccine requirement for private companies is intended to fail and being utilized only as a distraction from his mistakes made in Afghanistan.

While appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Cruz said Biden’s standard demandung businesses with hundred or more workers to require the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing is “illegal” and simply intended to get the Democratic president back in the media’s good side after he was broadly criticized for his sloppy military evacuation in Afghanistan.

“They want to change the topic from Afghanistan,” the senator said. “It’s why Biden issued this completely illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate, because he wanted to change the topic from the disaster in Afghanistan.”

“The vaccine mandate is going to be struck down in court. They know that,” he continued. “But the president is defying the law because he wanted the press to start defending him and stop talking about the disasters in Afghanistan. And he’s counting on a bunch of big businesses, in particular, forcing their employees to comply before the matter is ever adjudicated and before the order is struck down.”

Cruz proceeded to contend that each policy decision by Biden, foreign and domestic, has been driven by “pure politics.”

“When it comes to Afghanistan, Joe Biden and his administration presided over the worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation,” he said. “They put politics in front of everything else. They abandoned Americans behind enemy lines, and it was a disaster. We were routed there, because Joe Biden surrendered.”

“He fled and left hundreds if not thousands of Americans in harm’s way and we are going to be paying the price – our nation is going to pay the price for our president’s weakness and incompetence for years to come,” he added.

Cruz also said the world is less protected because of Biden’s actions in Afghanistan, contending that America’s foes have overserved the president’s shortcoming and will not hesitate to take advantage of it, referring China for instance.

“Unfortunately, I believe the chances of a Chinese amphibious assault on Taiwan have increased tenfold in the last month,” Cruz said. “If that happens it would be utterly disastrous, but weakness invites aggression.”

“When you have a president who rolls over for everything, it only invites the bad guys to do worse and worse things,” he said.

Ten Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Friday, the day after the democratically governed island reported a $9 billion boost to military spending to counter the danger from central China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.

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Chants of ‘F*** Joe Biden’ at diverse vaccine mandate protest, thousands embrace at NYC freedom rally: ‘This is the power we want to send to the world’

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A large number of New Yorkers spoke up against vaccine mandates on Saturday. A diverse group in New York City protested against the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate orders.

A diverse group walked through the streets of New York City on Saturday; some waved American, Gadsden, and LGBTQ flags. Some protestors were holding signs that read: “My body, my choice,” “Latinos against forced vaccines,” “God is with us,” and “LGBTQ people for medical freedom.”

There were moms demanding the end of mask mandates for their kids in school. There were some demanding the government to recognize natural immunity and requesting that those with past COVID-19 infection be absolved from the vaccine mandate.

The freedom rally halted in Times Square, where speakers conveyed messages against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. At one point, the ideologically coordinated group embraced one another in a sign of unity against the mandates.

“This is the power that we want to send to the world,” a speaker said.

There were chants of “Wake up New York!” and “My body, my choice!”

One highlighted speaker at the freedom rally cited President Biden, who recently said, “What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.”

The speaker told the protestors, “Joe Biden, your patience is wearing thin? We lost our patience!”

The crowd responded by reciting, “F*** Joe Biden!”

This anti-Biden chant was utilized at college football stadiums recently.

On Sept. 9, Biden declared a general vaccine mandate for companies with more than a hundred workers, which will affect a hundred million Americans.

On Aug. 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an emergency executive order demanding residents to give proof of coronavirus vaccination to enter indoor eating at restaurants, cinemas, gyms, and more.

The demonstration was just one of many “World Wide Rally For Freedom” occasions that occurred in communities around the world.

“We will push back against widespread propaganda, by producing our own media, and advancing our own narrative, instead of succumbing to the one being pushed on us. We will not accept the rampant politicization of science and medicine, and we will return these institutions to being neutral sources of information for the benefit of society, over government and corporate interests,” an official statement from the protestors read.

There were also big protests in France and Canada.

Protests in Australia became violent, and more than two hundred were apprehended in Melbourne.

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Biden aides set up a ‘wall’ to protect him from unscripted occasions, book claims

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The book depicts the internal White House staff members ‘ process as a ‘cocooning’ of the president

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to protect President Joe Biden from unscripted occasions and long interviews in the midst of fears of the president’s touchiness and propensity for ruining statements, as indicated by a recent book.

“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa referred to various of episodes from the blunder inclined president in the beginning days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN journalist for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

Thus, various Biden associates told the journalists that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to keep such occurrences from happening by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

However, the creators note that those episodes still kept showing up, regardless of that defensive air pocket.

The book says that the White House needed damage control after Biden reported he had struck a significant bipartisan infrastructure deal, but then said it was dependent on a more liberal spending bundle being passed.

It reportedly shocked Democrats, who considered them as separate, and infuriated Republicans who were unhappy about the caveat. It prompted officials working the telephones to fix the damage, and Biden giving a long statement to explain his position.

The book contains various disclosures, specifically its announcing regarding how General Mark Milley was in correspondence with the Chinese to console them about feelings of trepidation of an assault during the mayhem encompassing the Jan. 6 Capitol revolt.

The White House did not quickly respond to Fox News’ request for input.

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