Why Did Manhattan DA Give Trump An Easy Out Over His Tax Returns?

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance (L)

NBC News reported on October 21, 2019 that prosecutors from Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance’s office had “struck a deal” with President Trump’s lawyers not to enforce subpoenas requesting 8 years of Trump’s tax returns until the U.S. Supreme Court had a take on the issue–either decides the case on its merits or declines to hear it. This “deal” between Cyrus Vance’s office and the President’s lawyers came after a U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of DA Cyrus Vance, ordering Mazars, the accounting firm holding the requested tax returns to release them to Manhattan prosecutors.

On November 4, 2019, a federal appeals court(2nd circuit) affirmed the decision of the district court, essentially dismissing Trump’s appeal and ordering Mazars to release 8 years of Trump’s tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors. What now remains between the public(represented by DA Vance) getting a chance to see Trump’s tax returns possibly before the end of 2019 is this “deal” which Yours Truly argues is an easy out by DA Vance to Trump–a point that is totally lost to the mainstream media.

Here’s why DA Vance’s “deal” with Trump’s lawyers is an easy out. DA Vance has been quoted by several mainstream media outlets as saying that his entire criminal investigation into Trump rests on information that can only be provided by the tax returns his office is currently seeking. Reasonable people will therefore agree that if Trump’s tax returns are so crucial to DA Vance’s case, he should never have “struck a deal” with Trump’s lawyers after the U.S. District Court ruled in his favor. He should have gone for the kill–enforce the subpoenas.

Enforcing the subpoenas would have put Trump’s lawyers on major defense both at the federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court. At the U.S. Supreme Court it would have been much easier given the huge public interest in the case, the fact that it is a criminal proceeding, and the fact that it involves President Trump, for DA Vance to request the high court for an emergency declaration–one that would have highly likely been handed down before the end of 2019. Yours Truly wrote and tweeted about this very topic which coincidentally, was echoed by Fox News’ legal eagle Judge Napolitano.

For the record, prosecutors are accorded tremendous discretion over how they decide to proceed with their various cases and like all human beings, are prone to making wrong judgement calls. DA Cyrus Vance however has a recorded history of going easy on the Trumps which is why Yours Truly takes great issue with this “deal” his office struck with Trump lawyers, a deal that significantly weakens their winning hand. You will remember the same DA Vance, presented with overwhelming evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr, still made the shocking decision not to file criminal charges against them.

Bottom line folks, even though this is lost to the mainstream media, Manhattan DA Vance did not need to “strike a deal” with Trump’s attorneys after his District Court win. His office held all the cards at that point. Any serious prosecutor presented with the same situation would have gone for the kill–enforce the subpoenas and then ask for an emergency declaration from the Supreme Court. As Judge Napolitano correctly pointed out, we could have secured Trump’s tax returns before Christmas 2019. Now thanks to DA Vance’s bogus “deal” we have to wait until June 2020—an unnecessary delay which only favors Trump. Its about time Democrats and the mainstream media start calling out DA Vance for his peculiar softness towards the Trumps. Better yet, it’s about time Manhattan elected a fair and impartial DA who would pursue rich criminals with the same vigor they pursue poor ones.

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Why Didn’t Mueller Interview Ivanka, DonJr?

An interesting segment on MSNBC’s AM Joy show touched on a growing frustration among Democrats, especially minorities, over why Special Counsel Mueller chose to end the TrumpRussia investigation without questioning Ivanka Trump or DonJr even though both of them are intricately involved in their father Donald Trump’s business and political activities.

Elie Mystal captured the people’s frustration perfectly when he told host Joy Reid, “I do not understand how we’ve investigated these people for 22 months and nobody has asked these children[Ivanka and DonJr] a question. We can’t ask them a question? We can’t put them under oath and ask them a single question about their involvement in the Trump Tower meetings, about their involvement in the hotel business? Yes I do think the SDNY is coming for them and I still do have hope for that, but I do not get how we have gotten to this place because when you look at how the criminal justice is applied to everybody else in this country, when you are the top head of an organization, people understand that when they squeeze your children, that is the way to get you to tell the truth, and as far as I can tell Mueller put no pressure on these children.” Below is the clip of the aforementioned Elie Mystal venting.

Bottom line, we are yet to find out from AG Barr exactly what Mueller put in his report and specifically, whether it will mention the roles Ivanka Trump and DonJr played in the whole scheme. However reasonable people will agree with Elie Mystal that Mueller should have at least questioned Ivanka, DonJr or their father for that matter under oath so as to straighten out the numerous inconsistent accounts they have given and continue to give to the media about their business activities and their interactions with Russians.

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Trump Has Violated Oath Of Office, Needs To Be Impeached

After the disastrous #TreasonSummit  in Helsinki, Finland between President Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, many have wondered how his GOP would react–whether this would be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Eventhough there have been sharp criticisms of Trump from some GOP circles(Sens McCain, Flake etc), most Republicans have resorted to their usual tactic–making excuses for him, and silly ones at that.


One of those silly excuses now bandied about by the hapless Congressional Republicans is that they strongly oppose Trump’s stance in Helsinki where he appeared to side with Putin over U.S. Intel, but cannot do anything because their constituents “love Trump”. Basically I would do something but I don’t want to anger my constituents. As silly as this sounds, some in the Mainstream Media have began running with it as a plausible explanation.

There was late-breaking news yesterday by the New York Times that two weeks before Trump was inaugurated (Jan 6, 2017), U.S. Intel officials briefed him in excruciating detail about how Putin and his Kremlin operatives interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections. According to former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance who was a guest on 11th Hour with Brian Williams show, this is highly significant because it suggests that by continuing to deny Putin’s involvement in the 2016 election interference, Trump’s actions enter the realm of criminal cover-up. Joyce Vance’s point is very clear. Trump knew on inauguration day who the alleged Russian perpetrators were and there is no plausible reason why he should be throwing confusion into what is now a settled conclusion that Putin/Russians interfered, unless of course he is covering up their actions.


There is absolutely no way someone presented with such detailed information about Russian interference would have any ambiguity about the subject, which is why former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance says there could be a cover-up case made against Trump. Needless to say, even after this bombshell New York Times article, Trump’s GOP will counter with the silly “my constituents love Trump” excuse and some in the Mainstream Media will run with it again as a plausible explanation.

What some in the Mainstream Media fail to realize is that Trump’s actions in Helsinki, especially viewed in light of this NYT article, raise serious national security questions and go right to the heart of his presidential Oath of Office. Luckily this fact is not lost to all in the Mainstream Media and Yours Truly was very happy to hear former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance raising it on MSNBC’s 11th Hour with Brian Williams show

Bottomline Dems should not fall for the silly excuse given by GOP members of Congress that they can’t do anything because their constituents “love Trump”. The fact of the matter is if Trump is not living up to his presidential Oath of Office, he has no business being President of The United States, period. Whether or not some GOP constituents “love him” is irrelevant. Excellent punditry by Joyce Vance.

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