Trump Organization was found guilty on Tuesday of nine counts for tax fraud, falsifying business records, and participating in a conspiracy, and could be fined $1.6 million for these crimes—but Matthew Whitaker, former acting attorney general for Donald Trump, doesn’t seem to think any of that is “serious.”
appeared on maximum news, Whitaker is clearly defending his former boss. He asserted that the investigation into Trump’s company was the result of “very aggressive prosecutors who wanted to do whatever they could to smear and pursue” Trump.
Whitaker then covered up the illegal tax avoidance schemes of top executives like Allen Weisselberg, claiming that they had taken “an aggressive tax stance that they ultimately could not support.”
Among crimes, Whitaker had a similarly flimsy response. “It was a seriousness—but not like, you know, that seriousness [offense]” he say.
“It is one of the things that New York has every right to try to pursue this case, but I am not sure that Donald Trump will get a fair trial in the end or that the Trump Organization will get a fair trial in the City. New York City or not. before a grand jury in New York,” continued Whitaker, along the lines of what the former president lamented in statement earlier in the day.
For Whitaker interviewer, Newsmax host John Bachman also repeated Trump’s quote about violent crime in the city, seemingly as an excuse.
“You wonder how New Yorkers feel about this,” he said of the verdict handed down by Manhattan residents, “when you have surveillance video — I think the latest one is just a guy walking away.” walking down the street beating someone up with a bat.
“Like the president pointed out there, you don’t feel safe on the subway, but the Trump organization — yes, their tax strategy has been exposed. Thank you Alvin Bragg,” he said sarcastically of the Manhattan district attorney.