Donald Trump is in serious peril of charges and could soon be facing indictment after prosecutors obtained his tax and business records. But the former president is not the only one in legal jeopardy. His adult children could be on the hook even if Trump ultimately is not charged, former assistant Manhattan District Attorney Daniel Alonso told CNN.
“[Trump] faces peril in multiple jurisdictions, but the Stormy Daniels payment is a discrete set of facts,” said Alonso. ‘And if they can get over one weird hurdle in New York on the falsification of business records, that could have legs. Michael Cohen was reimbursed by the Trump Organization and presumably the Trump Organization did not correctly list the information in their records. And there is that recording of Cohen and Trump talking about one of the payments. So I think that that could be a discrete case of falsification of business records, assuming that they can prove the felony count which the statute of limitations hasn’t yet expired.”
“The other stuff, it is certainly very much worth investigating,” said Alonso. “There are discrepancies between what they are telling the insurance companies and banks and tax authority, very substantial … I think a lot of that remains to be seen. There are — there is a lot of evidence, a lot of people to talk to, and there have been accountants and lawyers presumably who were all involved in this.”
“One last thing I want to say, it is not necessarily Donald Trump, right? He may not be the defendant,” said Alonso. “They may not have enough on these accounting issues to charge him, they may have enough to charge the Trump Organization or other executives, including the kids or others at the organization. Or the CFO. So there are lots and lots of unknowns here, and I wouldn’t assume that the defendant is definitely going to be Donald Trump.”