Weeks ago, Donald Trump announced that he was changing his official state of residence from New York to Florida, even though he’s not actually moving anywhere. There’s been a lot of debate as to whether Trump is doing this because he’s in a financial bind, or because he mistakenly thought that doing so would get him off the hook when it comes to New York’s criminal investigation into him, his businesses, and his family.
If Donald Trump did think that officially becoming a former New Yorker was going to get him off the hook, let’s just say that he’s now figured out it’s not going to work. Trump posted this surreal tweet about the ongoing criminal investigations against him in his now-former home state: “So sad to see that New York City and State are falling apart. All they want to do is investigate to make me hate them even more than I should. Governor Cuomo has lost control, and lost his mind. Very bad for the homeless and all!”
Trump has good reason to worry. The escalating court battle over Donald Trump’s tax returns was partially triggered when a New York grand jury subpoenaed them from Trump’s accounting firm. The only reason for a grand jury to exist is to criminally indict someone, and the subpoena gives away that the grand jury is targeting Trump for indictment.
We don’t know if the indictment will come down against Trump before or after he’s out of office. Nor do we know if the grand jury is planning to indict Trump’s family before it indicts him. But we do know that state charges can’t be pardoned by any current or future President of the United States. Instead they can only be pardoned by the Governor of New York – so it’s illuminating that Trump specifically mentioned Governor Cuomo in his tweet.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report