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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Trump Organization - plus a top exec - were indicted in a tax probe. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

For the past couple of years, lots of people have been taking magnifying glasses to the Trump Organization (as in ex-Prez Trump’s biz). Think: New York Attorney General Letitia James, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., and more recently, the two prosecutors as a team (super unusual, BTW). Then, in May 2021, it came out that they’re investigating the Trump Org “in a criminal capacity.” 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, it was reported that a grand jury has indicted the Trump Org and one of its top execs (a guy named Allen Weisselberg) in connection with a tax probe into fringe benefits given out at the biz. You read that right. They’re expected to show up in court today. 

 

THE DEETS. 

As of this writing, not much is known about the specific charges against the Trump Org and Weisselberg. What is known: prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney's office have been taking a closer look at bonuses and luxury perks that Weisselberg got as the Trump Org’s chief financial officer….and whether taxes should have been paid on those benefits. This marks a major major major escalation in the investigation into Donald Trump’s family biz. 

 

THE TAKE. 

Everyone’s watching to see whether Weisselberg will turn on the Trump Org and spill the beans. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

PEOPLE: Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court just overturned Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction. Yes, really. ICYMI, Cosby was sentenced back in 2018 for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman named Andrea Constand (though about 50 other women also accused Cosby). He got 10 years in prison. The trial made noise as the first high-profile celebrity #MeToo trial. But fast forward to yesterday, and Pennsylvania’s top court axed the conviction, barred the case from retrial, and...released Cosby. The why: a previous prosecutor apparently said that Cosby wouldn’t face charges. In other news, Britney Spears’s dad is calling for an investigation into her claims of abuse under her conservatorship. Stay tuned. 

 

DISASTERS: Recently, an Indigenous nation in Canada declared it had found the remains of 182 people near a former residential school in British Columbia. Not yet clear whether those remains were from students at the school. This comes as multiple mass graves have been found at residential schools in the area. In other news, 18 people - including some kids - have now died in the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida. About 150 people are still missing. Meanwhile, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just announced that fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks in most places, despite new guidance from the World Health Organization. And over in North Korea, Kim Jong-un is warning of a “huge crisis,” raising concerns that the country’s facing a coronavirus outbreak. 

 

POLITICS: Yesterday, the US House of Reps voted to create a select committee to investigate the January 6th Capitol attack. This comes after Senate Republicans shot down a plan to form a “9/11-type commission” to take a magnifying glass to the attack. Meanwhile, a lobbyist for Exxon just laid out the oil biz’s efforts to undercut climate action in a secretly recorded video call. Hint: working with “shadow groups” to fight climate science, targeting US senators to block Biden’s proposed climate change measures...you get the idea. And speaking of which, Biden is pledging federal aid to try to minimize weather-related disasters, like the heat wave and wildfires in parts of the US and Canada.


WHAT TO KNOW

X:” a new option for gender on American passports, instead of just male or female. Happy belated Pride Month. 


SAY WHAT?

“I’m sure the queen must have been out with the binoculars, watching it all from the top bedroom window” - Helen Mirren on filming her ‘F9’ car chase scene in London. Oh my. 


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