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According To A New York Times Reporter, Trump Took A "risky Bet" With His Rally Remarks About His Company's Indictment.
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According To A New York Times Reporter, Trump Took A "risky Bet" With His Rally Remarks About His Company's Indictment.


Former President Donald Trump took a risk with his recent remarks about the multi-felony indictment of his company and a top executive of the company, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who spoke to CNN on Monday.

“I'm just going to repeat the charges out loud and say there's nothing wrong with it, say that everybody does it,” Trump's playbook in dealing with accusations reads, according to Haberman. "The difference here is an indictment has been filed."

According to Haberman, Trump is still under investigation and no longer has the protection of the presidency against prosecution.

“Right now, he’s taking a risk,” she explained.

During a rally in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, Trump appeared to admit that some of the indictment's points were correct, but he also implied that not paying taxes on what he called "fringe" benefits was no big deal, and he's not even sure it's illegal.

According to the federal indictment filed last Thursday against the Trump Organization and chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, a company car, a Manhattan apartment, and private school tuition were provided in exchange for a portion of Weisselberg's salary as part of an allegedly fraudulent scheme in which the Trump Organization avoided payroll taxes and Weisselberg avoided income taxes.

ICYMI, during his rally in Sarasota last night, Trump basically admitted to Trump Organization tax violations: “They go after good, hard-working people for not paying taxes on a company car... I don't even know. Do you have to? Does anybody know the answer to that stuff?” pic.twitter.com/amWdbCfrmi — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 4, 2021

Trump acknowledged making these payments at the rally.

“Most lawyers would tell someone involved in a case like this that the less you say, the better,” Haberman said, “but that’s not his style.”

Regarding his confusion about whether such a scheme was legal, Trump stated in a 2017 interview with the New York Times that he was an expert on taxes.

“I know the intricacies of taxes better than anyone, even the best C.P.A.,” he boasted.

In the video clip above, watch Haberman's remarks (starting at 2:18).

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