Donald Trump likes legal battles. According to a CNBC article, Mr. Trump and lawsuits are close friends. Records show he took part in more than 3,500 lawsuits before he won the 2016 campaign election. But even though that number of legal skirmishes is unprecedented for someone seeking public office, the legal battles facing Mr. Trump now might make that number look like a warm-up round for the legal Olympics, according to some legal experts.
A new Manhattan legal battle could make Trump look for another group of legal eagles to save him. The word is the Manhattan District Attorney’s office may bring criminal charges against the Trump Organization. Two senior Trump officials are in the eye of this brewing legal storm, according to a New York Times article. If the Manhattan District Attorney follows through and wins the case, Trump can’t use a presidential pardon as a get out of jail free card.
The main issue, in this case, is how the Trump Organization handled the reimbursement of the funds his long-time attorney Michael Cohen used to silence two women who say they had affairs with Trump. The Trump Organization listed those reimbursements as legal expenses. But according to recent Cohen testimony, he didn’t do any legal work to make those payments. Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion charges, and he is also guilty of violating state tax laws, according to the New York Times Article.
Mr. Trump has a history of responding to legal disputes with a lot of legal force. And if the Manhattan District Attorney does files charges, Trump will try to use his money and influence to win, according to people close to Trump. Trump seems to thrive on legal battles. His older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, is an attorney as well as a former United States Circuit Judge. Mr. Trump feels comfortable battling the legal system. He thinks he knows how to win based on his relationship with his sister.
Manhattan prosecutors are trying to determine if the organization used phony business records. And if that’s the case, the Trump group did commit a low-level felony. The last time District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. had his sights set on members of the Trump Organization for misleading buyers, he didn’t pursue the case. But according to some people in the DA’s office, he won’t make that kind of mistake again.