Washington Post Quotes Christopher Rizek on Trump's Charitable Foundation Tax Returns
For years, President Trump personally signed the tax returns for his charitable foundation, scrawling his signature just below a stern warning from the IRS: Providing false information could lead to “penalties of perjury.”
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But some tax-law experts said that in the unlikely event Trump winds up in a criminal court, it may be hard to convince a jury that a man of his business experience was so unsophisticated, for so long, about his own charity.
“You could try. But I think it’s probably a loser,” said Christopher Rizek, an attorney at Caplin & Drysdale who has defended clients in tax cases. “You’ve got a guy who’s bragged for years about how smart he is, and how much tax law he knows. And now all of a sudden he doesn’t know anything?”
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Excerpt taken from the article “The Four Times Trump Signed Tax Returns for His Foundation That Contained Incorrect Information” by David A. Fahrenthold for The Washington Post.