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After decades of criminal behavior, Trump made accountable (to some of it)

After decades of criminal behavior, Trump made accountable (to some of it)

There is no human alive more polarizing and divisive in America than Donald J. Trump, convicted fraudster, election tamperer and rapist, according to multiple juries of his peers. While his supporters laud him as a successful businessman and a political outsider who shook up the establishment, his critics point to a long history of alleged criminal behavior and legal battles that paint a picture of a lifetime of avoiding being held accountable. Lets revisit some of the ways in which Donald Trump has managed to avoid accountability for actions that many believe should have led to criminal charges.

Early Business Ventures and Legal Troubles

Trump’s journey through the legal system began long before his foray into politics. In the 1970s, Trump and his father, Fred Trump, faced accusations of discriminatory housing practices. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Trumps, alleging that they refused to rent apartments to Black people. While the Trumps settled the case without admitting guilt, this was an early indication of a pattern: using settlements to avoid direct accountability.

The Atlantic City Casinos

Trump’s ventures into the casino industry in Atlantic City during the 1980s and 1990s were marked by financial mismanagement and allegations of wrongdoing. Trump’s casinos, including the Trump Taj Mahal, faced numerous lawsuits for failing to pay contractors and engaging in dubious financial practices. Despite the bankruptcy of his casinos and the financial ruin of many contractors, Trump managed to walk away relatively unscathed, often leaving others to bear the financial burden.

Trump University Scandal

One of the most high-profile controversies surrounding Trump was the Trump University scandal. Trump University, which operated from 2005 to 2010, promised to teach students the secrets of real estate success through seminars and mentorship programs. However, it quickly became the subject of numerous lawsuits from former students who alleged they were misled and defrauded. In 2016, Trump settled three lawsuits for $25 million, again avoiding a trial and the potential for a damaging verdict.

Convicted (now) of Sexual Misconduct

Throughout his career, Trump has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. More than a dozen women have accused him of various forms of inappropriate behavior, ranging from unwanted advances to assault. Trump has consistently denied these allegations, often attacking the credibility of his accusers. Despite the seriousness of these claims, Trump has not faced criminal charges, raising questions about the impact of wealth and power on the ability to evade legal consequences. Eventually, a jury of his peers found him guilty of sexual assault against E. Jean Carrol. With these charges, his sexual misconduct now includes sleeping with a porn star while his wife was pregnant, then trying to bribe her not to tell anyone before the election.

The Mueller Investigation

The function of a political investigative dossier is to collect every bit of information, whether true or simply rumor, to use in political campaign. To date, there has not been a debunk of any of the information contained. In fact, Lev Parnas testimony has confirmed several entries in the dossier. A High Court in the UK tossed a suit against the dossier’s author, further confirming a libel case was not warranted. Trump’s presidency was marred by the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The investigation looked into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, as well as obstruction of justice by Trump himself. While the Mueller Report did not conclusively determine that Trump committed a crime, it also did not exonerate him. The report outlined numerous instances where Trump may have obstructed justice, but ultimately, the decision to prosecute was left to Congress, which did not pursue impeachment on these grounds.

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Financial Crimes and Tax Evasion

Recent revelations about Trump’s financial dealings have shed light on potential tax evasion and financial crimes. Investigative reporting by The New York Times revealed that Trump paid little to no federal income tax for several years, raising questions about the legality of his tax practices. Additionally, Trump’s business empire is under investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney and the New York Attorney General for possible financial crimes, including bank and insurance fraud. These investigations are ongoing, and it remains to be seen whether they will result in criminal charges.

Conclusion

Donald Trump’s ability to avoid accountability for alleged criminal behavior can be attributed to a combination of wealth, legal maneuvering, and political influence. His career is a testament to how individuals with significant resources can navigate and, at times, manipulate the legal system to their advantage. As investigations into his activities continue, the question remains whether Trump will ultimately face the legal consequences that have eluded him for so long. Whether one views him as a savvy operator or a figure emblematic of systemic inequalities, Trump’s legacy will undoubtedly be shaped by his complex relationship with the law.

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