Attorney and Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett ripped the media on Monday for insinuating that New York prosecutors were never close to indicting former President Donald Trump on tax-related charges, saying anyone who relies on biased reporting is “twice the fool.”
In an interview with network primetime host Sean Hannity, Jarrett pushed back on such media claims by noting that Trump the billionaire real estate and business mogul doesn’t do his own taxes and relies instead on professionals to handle such matters, and as such, he was never going to be charged with intent to defraud the government.
“So much for all the breathless reporting that Donald Trump would be criminally charged and wearing an orange jumpsuit, peering behind steel bars,” Jarrett told Hannity.
“Reporters who relied on a notorious liar like Michael Cohen and his prediction of Trump’s imprisonment now look like the chumps that they are,” he continued, referencing Trump’s former personal lawyer who has since been convicted in December 2018 of lying to Congress and campaign finance violations and sentenced to three years in prison.
“It was always a fool’s errand to try to go after somebody like Trump for tax and real estate fraud because he doesn’t fill out his taxes, he doesn’t fill out loan applications,” said Jarrett.
“He relies on the expertise, the counsel and advice of a team of professionals like lawyers and CPAs and tax accountants and real estate experts. It’s exceedingly difficult for the government to prove the intent necessary for fraud if you are relying on the expertise of professionals,” the legal analyst continued.
“So here we have years of an intrusive investigation of Donald Trump. And all you’ve got, to use Fischetti’s term, is ‘pretty small stuff,'” Jarrett added, quoting Trump’s personal attorney, Ronald Fischetti, a 30-year personal friend of the Fox News analyst who said last week that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office wasn’t looking to charge the former president with any crimes.
“So the lesson is twofold. One, if you rely on a notorious con artist, crook, and liar like Michael Cohen, you’re a fool,” said Jarrett. “And if you rely on the media for truth and accuracy about Donald Trump, you’re twice the fool.”
Last week, Vance’s office met with Fischetti and other members of the legal team to inform them that some officials with the Trump Organization could face tax-related criminal charges in the coming days.
“It looks like they are going to come down with charges against the company, and that is completely outrageous,” Fischetti said following a report by The New York Times regarding the potential charges. “I’ve been practicing for over 50 years, and I’ve never seen a case like this.”
A number of reports claimed that one of the Trump Organization officials likely to face charges is Allen Weisselberg, the company’s long-serving chief financial officer.
Fischetti said that after Vance’s office repeatedly attempted to pressure Weisselberg to produce dirt on the former president and his family and he refused, the DA decided to charge him.
“They could not get Allen Weisselberg to cooperate and tell them what they wanted to hear, and that’s why they are going forward with these charges,” Fischetti said.
“They could not get him to cooperate because he would not say that Donald Trump had knowledge or any information that he may have been not deducting properly the use of cars or an apartment,” the attorney added.
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