For many within Donald Trump’s inner circle, there was a fear that the 45th President’s return to civilian life would bring with it a number of untoward consequences for both The Don and the folks in his inner circle.
Certainly, there is some merit to this concern: The Manhattan DA has been foaming at the mouth, hoping to make an example of Trump, and has even managed to get a hold of years’ worth of Trump’s tax returns.
And he’s not the only one within the previous administration’s orbit with potential tax trouble ahead.
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Friday against political strategist Roger Stone for almost $2 million in unpaid taxes.
The suit was filed in a federal court in West Palm Beach, Fla., and seeks $1.5 million in unpaid taxes form 2007 and 2011, and $407,000 from 2018.
The DOJ’s suit says Stone, who advised former President Donald Trump’s election campaign, had been making regular payments to the Internal Revenue Service on a tax debt of about $1 million.
But when Stone was indicted in January 2019 on charges that he tried to deceive Congress and and threatened a witness during investigations into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, he stopped making payments, according to the DOJ.
Stone lashed out at the reporting, however.
“That my wife and I owe a significant amount in federal taxes has been a matter of public record for several years,” Stone said in a statement as reported by Politico. “This is not news. We had worked diligently with the IRS to pay down our debt until we were financially destroyed by the politically motivated and corrupt Mueller investigation. The claim that my wife and I are living a lavish lifestyle is a laughable joke in view of the fact that we are virtually bankrupt. This is a clear sign that the smear campaign of ‘guilt by association’ to tie me baselessly to the illegal events of January 6th has failed.”
Stone has been a political operative for decades in Washington, often finding himself at the center of some of the most controversial moments in American politicking.
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Author: Andrew West
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