Prosecutors aren't just going to indict Trump — they'll make sure the case is bullet-proof: ex-DOJ aide
Former Justice Department spokesperson Matt Miller explained Tuesday that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance isn't going to go into an indictment of a former president without the case being a home run.
Speaking to MSNBC's Ari Melber, Miller noted that the recent addition of two lawyers with experience in organized crime cases means that he's ensuring everything is covered.
"The way I read it is he's trying to make sure that his strong case is actually a bulletproof case," said Miller. "I think any time you're faced with something like a decision about indicting a former president, as the District Attorney Cy Vance is facing. Obviously, you want to make sure you have the strongest case possible. It's no normal case by any stretch of the imagination. But you think of what it means to indict this former president. You know that Donald Trump is going to launch an unprecedented legal and political and personal assault not just on you, but on the prosecutors in your office who are charged with bringing that case to trial."
He also explained that after the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol, there's now a fear about personal safety for those in the office and at their homes.
"It's unbelievable that we have to say it, but if you're the head of the office, you have to think of that," he continued. "So this isn't a regular case where you might take a case that you believe in, but you're not 95 percent sure that you're going to win. It's a marginal case. You believe the defendant is guilty, there may be some problems with the evidence, but you're going to go to trial and see what happens. This is one that if you're going to put your office through the real hell that it will be to bring this case against Donald Trump, you want to make sure it's bulletproof."
He said that bringing the two veteran prosecutors on is about trying to ensure the investigation is as strong as possible. Vance, Miller explained, wants to know he'll win if he brings the indictment.
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Capitol rioter who made over 100 threatening calls to 911 dispatch will be sent for psych evaluation: report
On Tuesday, MLive reported that a New York Capitol rioter who styled himself as "Yankee Patriot" will be sent for a psychiatric evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial.
Jonathan Joshua Munafo is accused of punching a Capitol Police officer, stealing a riot shield, and trying to shatter a window at the Capitol using a flagpole. But he is also accused of making over 100 threatening phone calls to a 911 dispatch center in Calhoun County, Michigan a day before the riot. "B----, I'm gonna cut your throat. I'm gonna make you eat your f---ing nose. I'm gonna hurt you bad for this. It won't be today, it won't be tomorrow, it'll be f---ing soon, though, you stupid c---. Insurrection Act, I'm coming to your door first, and it's public knowledge, you stupid, stupid b----," he allegedly told a dispatcher.
According to the report, officials strongly suspect Munafo isn't competent to stand trial.
"U.S. Magistrate Judge Ray Kent, after meeting with Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler and defense attorney James Fisher, adjourned the hearing and said Munafo appears to suffer from 'serious mental illness,'" reported John Agar. "Munafo twice attempted suicide this year and suffers from borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, Kent said."
According to the report, Munafo faces ten charges in the U.S. Capitol attack, and his been indicted on Michigan on two counts of making interstate threatening communications and one count of making interstate harassing phone calls.
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The New York Times is reporting that former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg could be charged as soon as this summer.
The news implies that Weisselberg isn't cooperating with the district attorney's office yet. It was thought that Wisselberg would quickly make a plea deal with DA Cy Vance to save himself legally. Weisselberg would be the first indictment in this case involving former President Donald Trump and his company.
"In recent weeks, a grand jury has been hearing evidence about Mr. Weisselberg, who is facing intense scrutiny from prosecutors as they seek his cooperation with a broader investigation into Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization, the people with knowledge of the matter said," reported the Times. "The prosecutors have obtained Mr. Weisselberg's personal tax returns, the people said, providing the fullest picture yet of his finances."
Wisselberg's ex-daughter-in-law has been cooperating with the DA office handing over evidence that she has.
"The investigation into Mr. Weisselberg focuses partly on whether he failed to pay taxes on valuable benefits that Mr. Trump provided him and his family over the years, including apartments and leased cars as well as tens of thousands of dollars in private school tuition for at least one of his grandchildren," said the report. "In general, those types of benefits are taxable, although there are some exceptions, and the rules can be murky."
The report also explained that even if Weisselberg doesn't cooperate with investigators in the DA office that it could still hurt former president as it shows that there is enough in the case to bring charges.
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