President Donald Trump, through his lawyer, has just issued a warning to the New York Times over its story claiming he committed tax fraud.
The lawyer is the same one who won a multi-million dollar libel settlement for First Lady Melania Trump.
On Tuesday, the NYT ran a story titled “Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches from His Father,” that claims the President committed “outright fraud” based on confidential tax records the paper claims to have obtained.
“President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found.”
The president’s lawyer issued the following warning to the Times:
Statement to The Times from Charles J. Harder, a lawyer for President Trump
The New York Times’ allegations of fraud and tax evasion are 100% false, and highly defamatory.
There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone.
The facts upon which the Times bases its false allegations are extremely inaccurate.
All estate matters were handled by licensed attorneys, licensed CPAs and licensed real estate appraisers who followed all laws and rules strictly.
All matters were filed with the IRS and New York taxing authorities. The returns and tax positions that the Times now attacks were examined in real time by the relevant taxing authorities.
The taxing authorities requested a few minor adjustments, which were made, and then fully approved all of the tax filings. These matters have now been closed for more than a decade.
President Trump had virtually no involvement whatsoever with these matters.
The affairs were handled by other Trump family members who were not experts themselves and therefore relied entirely upon the aforementioned licensed professionals to ensure full compliance with the law.
Should the Times state or imply that President Trump participated in fraud, tax evasion, or any other crime, it will be exposing itself to substantial liability and damages for defamation.
Grab some popcorn, this should be fun to watch!
Will the Times back off with their tail between their legs or will President Trump be forced to sue them for defamation?
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