More than a year ago we learned that New York had a grand jury targeting Donald Trump for criminal indictment when it subpoenaed his tax returns. Over the past month various media leaks have revealed that the proceedings are escalating, with employees from Trump’s bank and insurance company testifying to the grand jury.
So it’s become fairly clear that not only will Trump be indicted, it’ll happen sooner rather than later. But more details have still been difficult to come by. Fortunately we’re now hearing from one of the cooperating witnesses in the case, who knows plenty.
Michael Cohen is telling CBS News that the grand jury probe “has to do with his finances, it has to do with his tax returns, it has to do with his properties, it has to do with the personal financial statements that he had made and provided in order to obtain loans.” Cohen added that while portions of the New York probe are civil, other portions are indeed criminal.
In other words, New York is indeed in the process of criminally indicting Donald Trump on various financial charges. These kinds of crimes essentially always result in convictions, and Trump can’t even try to pardon himself on state charges. In other words, Trump really is going to prison.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report