The evidence suggesting that Donald Trump is hiding his tax returns to try and hide the fact that he’s committed tax fraud is mounting by the day, and an explosive new report from The New York Times suggests that the president has lied about his charitable contributions over the years and could be facing significant time in jail if the charges can be proven.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has been assiduously hunting for possibly illegal actions by Trump and his business entity, the Trump Organization, and his office may have just hit pay dirt:
“Even without the details of Mr. Trump’s individual giving, The Times was able to identify public, philanthropic promises that appear either to have been exaggerated or to have never materialized. In each case, the size of his pledge exceeded what he told the I.R.S. he had given in a particular year.”
As an example, the Times cites a rental agreement he made with the late Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi, who paid $150,00 to rent Trump’s Silver Springs estate in in New York. Qaddafi had planned to pitch a tent on the property during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly:
“Though the plans fell apart when local residents objected, Colonel Qaddafi made a payment of $150,000, which Mr. Trump told CNN in 2011 that he had given to charity. His 2009 tax returns, however, reported only $22,796 in business and personal cash gifts.”
According to previous reports, New York prosecutors are already investigating Trump for allegedly committing insurance and tax fraud. The tax charges should be of special concern to Trump because they cannot be solved by merely paying a penalty. Instead, Trump, along with members of his family and employees of the Trump Organization, could be facing extended prison terms.
No wonder Trump doesn’t want anyone to see his tax returns. They’re proof-positive of his many crimes.