On Monday morning, MSNBC
's Joe Scarborough
mocked Donald Trump
after the former president
appeared to acknowledge the existence of tax schemes in which his company was charged while denying knowledge of the crimes.
Trump addressed the indictment
brought against the Trump Organization
and its CFO Allen Weisselberg
by the Manhattan district attorney
last week during a rally in Sarasota
“They go after good, hard-working people
for not paying taxes
on a company car,” Trump said, referring to the charges. “You didn’t pay tax on the car! Or a company apartment! You used an apartment because you need an apartment because you have to travel
too far where your house
is. And didn’t pay tax. Or education
for your grandchildren.”
Scarborough burst out laughing after seeing clips of Trump's excuses on "Morning Joe."
“This guy who claims to be this business
genius says, ‘Oh, you have to pay taxes on apartments? Whoever knew you had to pay taxes on cars and apartments?’” Scarborough said. “You know who did? They did. Because they had two spreadsheets. They were keeping two sets of books
, according to the charges, and it appears they knew all too well the ramifications of not paying almost everything.
The purpose of the scheme, according to the indictment, was to compensate Weisselberg and other Trump Organization executives off the books so that they could pay significantly less federal, state, and local taxes than they should have.
The indictment stated that “the scheme’s beneficiaries received substantial portions of their income
through indirect and disguised means, with compensation that was unreported or misreported to the tax authorities by [the Trump Organization].”
Scarborough was told by Dave Aronberg
, the state attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, that Trump's comments could be harmful to his indicted employee.
“That sound you hear is the sound of the Trump bus rolling over Allen Weisselberg at that rally,” Aronberg explained, “and I take it as admissions they're going to hurt Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization, and could be used against Trump himself if he's ever charged in this matter.”
Trump's claim about not knowing what was going on, according to Aronberg, was a foreshadowing of his future defense if he is ever charged.
“In the prosecutor business, we see that defense all the time when it comes to white-collar fraud
cases,” Aronberg said.
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