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U.S. prosecutors to liquidate Trump before leaving office

  On the homepage of the official website of the office of the U.S. District Attorney for Manhattan, Cyrus Vance Jr. (hereinafter referred to as Vance Jr.), there is a sentence: “Promote justice.” Now, the “justice” that Vance Jr. wants to promote most is to put Former US President Donald Trump advances to jail.
  On May 18, the New York State Attorney General’s Office notified the Trump Organization that the investigation of the company would be shifted from a civil case to a criminal case. Beginning last year, New York Attorney General Letty James has been investigating whether then-President Trump improperly manipulated the value of assets for economic and tax benefits. Now she says she is working with Little Vance to step up the criminal investigation.
  The next day, Trump lashed out, calling James and Vance Jr.’s actions a “witch hunt,” saying in a statement, “There is nothing more corrupt than a desperate search for evidence of a crime (of the Trump Organization). investigation.” In fact, as early as 2019, Vance Jr. began an investigation into alleged economic crimes against Trump and his companies, basically similar to James’s team, involving the Trump Organization’s manipulation of real estate declared values ​​to reduce tax liability and obtain More favorable loan and insurance terms.
  Vance Jr., a senior Democrat, has received widespread attention because of his investigation into the Trump case. And he has another identity: the son of U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance (hereinafter referred to as Vance Sr.) during the Carter administration.
The tug-of-war with Trump’s team

  Little Vance’s investigation into Trump has a background of “comprehensive confrontation” between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, reflecting the fierce struggle in the American political arena.
  On September 16, 2019, then-President Trump held a rally for his 2020 presidential campaign in New Mexico.
  On the same day, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that New York prosecutors began to investigate Trump and his companies, asking to see their tax returns. At the same time, Vance Jr.’s office also issued a subpoena to Mazars, the accounting firm that has worked with Trump for many years, for state and federal tax returns for Trump and his group over the past eight years.
  This investigation is not groundless. There have been previous indications that Trump may be involved in economic crimes. American media previously found that Trump’s tax records, as a super-rich, are a bit unusual. According to the “New York Times” in 2019, Trump has not paid federal income tax in 10 of the past 15 years. In 2016 and 2017, he paid $750 in income tax ($1 is about 6.4 yuan). In response, Trump responded at the time, saying, “This is complete fake news.” He reiterated that his tax returns are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service, and the truth will be revealed when it is released. When asked by reporters for more details, he declined to comment on how much tax he paid, saying only “a lot.”
  According to the “New York Times” report, by studying Trump’s 20-year tax filing records, investigators found that the Trump Organization had reduced the amount of money that the Trump Organization paid $26 million in consulting fees as a form of corporate expenses between 2010 and 2018. Pay corporate income tax. Records show that $747,000 in consulting fees was paid to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.
  U.S. media also reported that during his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump made two separate payments to two women he claimed to be related to.
  Vance Jr., along with federal prosecutors in Washington, spent months investigating the two payments and Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer with ties to one of the women, before issuing the subpoena. In testimony before Congress, Cohen made allegations against Trump, provided copies of financial statements and confirmed that Trump profited by inflating his assets. In December 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on charges including paying hush money to two women in violation of campaign-related laws before the 2016 election and other financial wrongdoing. Cohen pleaded guilty earlier that Trump had directed him to pay hush money to two women. Cohen paid one, and arranged for other companies to pay another. In the trial, Cohen further stated that Trump acted because he was “very concerned about the impact of this on the election.” Trump has denied Cohen’s allegations and said there was no relationship between the two women and that the money given was private and had nothing to do with the campaign.

  On the issue of submitting tax records, Trump and his group have been evasive, procrastinating and arousing suspicion. Vance Jr. said that asking Trump to turn over his tax records is part of his criminal investigation and that he should not enjoy immunity and needs to be turned in and given feedback in a timely manner.
  Trump did not easily “admit counsel”, firmly refused to hand over the records, and said that the investigation of Jr. Vance would affect his political activities, and began to appeal. Things quickly spread to the entire Trump family.
  In December 2020, Ivanka received a judicial subpoena from the Washington, D.C., attorney general’s office, asking her to explain the Trump Hotel’s charge for the room at the inauguration four years ago. Some people have questioned that the Trump Hotel charged the US government’s high room rates during the presidential inauguration to make a profit. During the five-hour evidence collection, Ivanka provided an email from four years ago, saying that she had instructed the hotel to charge a “fair market rate” and that the room charge was not inappropriate.
  The tug-of-war between the two sides lasted more than a year until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in February that Vance Jr. was granted access to Trump’s tax returns. This angered Trump, who called Vance Jr.’s investigation “a continuation of the worst witch hunt in the history of our country” and even said “this is fascism, not justice, and the American people will not tolerate this kind of behavior.”
A “caring person” who is good at showing off

  Little Vance will turn 67 on June 14. He was of medium height, with blue eyes and silver-gray hair, always in suits and leather shoes, and his tie was neatly tied, which was a professional habit of his life in legal work. His wife, MacDonald, was a professional photographer and often photographed her husband herself. In his wife’s camera, little Vance looked frank and calm, which seemed to fit the image of a professional prosecutor in people’s minds.
  Vance Jr. was born in New York, graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree, and obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University in 1982. During his school days, he showed a strong interest in politics and once helped a Colorado senator. In 1984, he married his childhood sweetheart, MacDonald, and the two had two children. Although their occupations are far apart, they appreciate each other – his wife gave Vance a lot of psychological support, and Vance also hung his wife’s photography in his office.

  In 1988, Vance Jr. moved with his family to Seattle, Washington, on the west coast. Regarding this great migration, he said that it was to avoid the influence of his father and make a name for himself. He co-founded a law firm in Seattle and was a visiting professor at Seattle University School of Law. In 2002, his 84-year-old father, Vance Sr., died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Little Vance, thousands of miles away, said that he knew his father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for a long time, but he did not know the specific cause of his death.
  In 2004, Vance returned to his hometown of New York and continued to work as a lawyer. In 2010, he was elected Manhattan District Attorney. After taking office, Vance Jr. boasted of pursuing reforms a lot, engaging in various new tricks such as the Prison College Program, the Citywide Supervised Release Program, the Implicit Bias Review, the Equality and Social Justice Advisory Committee, and lobbied the U.S. Small Business Administration to no longer put the Individuals with criminal histories are excluded from the Paycheck Protection Program, and forfeited financial institution economic crime proceeds are invested in 50 community-based organizations. When the Covid-19 pandemic first began, Vance Jr. pushed for the release of more than 300 inmates from the prison, “reducing the prison population in Manhattan by 45 percent.” For some cases with minor charges, he advocates lenient treatment and “opens the door” to subway fare evasion. In doing so, Vance Jr. reduced his workload and extended the prosecutor’s influence beyond traditional legal functions. Some Americans who admired him said, “He is a man of heart”. Others say he is more of a politician than a prosecutor.
  This “hearted man” is indeed more thoughtful. He doesn’t like to do small cases, he likes to catch big fish. The investigation into the sexual assault of Hollywood mogul Weinstein is one of them. After Weinstein was convicted, Vance Jr. made a generous statement in court: “We are grateful to the women who accused Weinstein of sexual assault for their remarkable performance and indescribable courage over the past two years. Weinstein sent a large number of people to think To keep them silent. But the victims refused to be silent and pulled down a predator to hold him, which gave hope to victims of sexual violence around the world.” This made him very prominent.
  There is a “big case” that makes little Vance disgraced. After the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008, the US government took a series of measures to strengthen financial supervision. However, those large financial institutions have backgrounds that are “too big to fail”. In the end, the only bank that was criminally prosecuted was the National Treasure Bank, a Chinese bank in Chinatown, New York. On May 31, 2012, he made a high-profile announcement of 184 charges against National Treasure Bank, including several felonies including home mortgage fraud. The police handcuffed the Chinese employees of the National Treasure Bank into a string, and asked them to “walk through the streets” holding their heads in line. This scene made the Chinese feel cold. What little Vance did not expect was that Sun Qicheng, chairman of Guobao Bank, was a lawyer, and his three daughters were also lawyers, and two of them had worked in the New York prosecutor’s office. The family fought back, and after more than three years of hard work and 900,000 pages of documents for the prosecution, the number of charges was reduced to 58. Ultimately, the jury found not guilty on 58 charges.

  According to Vance Jr. himself, his passion for reforming the status quo is largely driven by “the desire to create influence independent of his father.” Old Vance was awarded the highest national medal in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is quite influential in American politics. He completed the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States during his tenure as Secretary of State, and is known as “America’s No. 1 Troubleshooting Expert”.
  The experiences of the Vances are not without parallels. Born in 1917, Vance Sr. received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1939, and three years later graduated from Yale Law School before starting a career as a lawyer in New York. In 1957, he was appointed special counsel to the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Combat Readiness Investigations and began his political career. In 1967 and 1968, he handled the Cyprus crisis and the detention of the spy ship Pueblo by North Korea as the President’s special representative. During his tenure as Secretary of State from 1977 to 1980, he made positive contributions to the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States and the development of bilateral relations. He also helped Egypt and Israel sign a peace treaty in 1979. Vance was also instrumental in passing a series of treaties on the Panama Canal and in reaching a permanent arms control agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  In 1980, Vance Sr. resigned as secretary of state, directly because he opposed then-President Carter’s plan to rescue the hostages by force. At the time, 52 American hostages were trapped in the US embassy in Iran. Carter, who is running for re-election, was under great pressure and decided to take military action. Old Vance believes that the plan to rescue by force will not work and will only lead to further deterioration of relations between the two countries. In fact, he was right. The United States dispatched 8 helicopters to rescue them that year. Three of them crashed shortly after the operation began, and two more collided later, killing 8 American soldiers before and after. These events also contributed to Carter’s failure to re-election. Old Vance later returned to the law firm to resume his old business.
  Compared with his father, although little Vance has less influence, he is also a member of the political arena. In this investigation of Trump, its political overtones cannot be avoided. According to the US “Newsweek”, James and Vance Jr. are both Democrats, and it is very rare to join forces this time. District and state prosecutors have historically been rivals, often arguing over jurisdiction and other issues. But this time they chose to cooperate, illustrating the unusual nature of the event. Some analysts said that the transition of the investigation of Trump from civil to criminal also means that once prosecutors find evidence of wrongdoing by Trump or his group, Trump may be summoned to New York for criminal trial at any time. The pull may last longer. Given that Trump is widely believed to be likely to re-enter the presidential race in 2024, the lawsuit will undoubtedly be a weapon for Democrats if it can be dragged out into the election.
  There is widespread speculation in the US media that Vance Jr. may want to make a decision to criminally charge Trump before retiring in December this year. He announced in March that he would not seek re-election as a prosecutor. Vance Jr. is said to have been sidelined by two opposing groups. On the one hand, liberal “progressive groups” think he is not radical enough on civil rights issues; on the other hand, the NYPD thinks he is too soft on “fighting crime”. Especially in the street protests and riots sparked by Floyd’s death last year, Vance Jr., who was arrested by the NYPD, refused to prosecute. The police said: “We arrest people with the front foot, and you let them go with the back foot. Which side are you on?” Vance responded that he wanted to do things differently.
  ”There’s nothing worse than a politician who doesn’t know when to leave,” said Vance Jr., but for those in American politics, “retirement” and “going out” are always changeable at any time. After his father Vance Sr. stepped down as secretary of state, he also served as the presidential special envoy. Although Vance Jr. emphasized that he handled the case “regardless of whether he is a Republican or a Democrat, he only considers the facts”, but if he can really convict Trump, this will also be his important political capital.

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