An MSNBC legal analyst has stated that the recent unsealed indictment against the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, is a throwback to the period of 2016-2018. However, the analyst suggested that David Pecker, who testified twice before the grand jury and who collaborated with the president on a hush money payment, will be an important witness if given an opportunity to testify. As a close confidant of Donald Trump during this time, he could shed light on the events that led to the hush money payments, as well as the extent of Trump’s knowledge of the payments.
The legal questions that arise in this case range from questions about how the district attorney, Alvin Bragg, developed the charges, to whether or not they will be dismissed in court by Trump’s lawyers. The indictment is sealed, so observers cannot see what the counts are yet. Reports suggest, however, that it is based on a largely untested legal theory that could be challenged by Trump’s legal team.
Another significant problem that may arise is the scheduling of the legal proceedings and whether or not Trump, who is considering running for office again, will be entangled in a criminal trial. The analyst suggests that if this happens, it is likely to be very complicated. The charges against Weisselberg and the Trump Organization are not minor, with some accusing them of avoiding taxes on $1.7 million in compensation. Trump accused the district attorney of political bias on his website after the charges were filed, implying that the charges were unfair and politically motivated.
In conclusion, the indictment against the Trump Organization and Weisselberg is a legal quagmire that may generate more information if David Pecker testifies in court. However, the legal questions are diverse, ranging from whether or not the legal theory can hold up in court, to how a trial will be scheduled if it interferes with Trump’s potential campaign. The ongoing feud between Trump and the district attorney will also make this a complex case to follow.