Mainstream media outlets have extensively reported on the possibility that former President Donald Trump could soon find himself in criminal jeopardy.
According to Breitbart, ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams added his voice to the narrative during a recent interview on The View.
“Who should be most worried?”
Specifically, Abrams predicted that Trump could soon face indictment as a result of an investigation by New York prosecutor Cy Vance Jr. into his family’s business.
For his part, Trump has long called the Manhattan district attorney’s probe a political “witch hunt” while denying all allegations of wrongdoing.
Late last month, reports revealed the formation of a special grand jury with the intent of determining whether the former president should face criminal charges.
The View co-host Sara Haines recounted the latest developments and asked Abrams for his prediction of what could happen next.
“No former U.S. president has ever been charged with a crime,” she said. “So I want to ask you, will he be the first, and who should be most worried?”
“Real estate deals and possible bank fraud”
Abrams replied that all the “signs point to a likely indictment,” laying out a variety of legal issues that could impact the Trump Organization and its employees. He did not rule out the possibility that Trump himself could be on the receiving end of charges related to financial and tax issues.
“First, you’ve got the fight over former President Trump’s tax returns,” Abrams said. “You don’t typically get a grand jury like this unless they believe they have evidence of a crime. So all the evidence, all the signals are towards a likely indictment of someone, if not more than one person.”
While presidents are typically afforded some level of immunity, Abrams stressed that this case revolves around Trump’s actions in the private sector.
“We’re talking about what Donald Trump, as a private citizen, did with regard to real estate deals and possible bank fraud, et cetera,” Abrams concluded. “So in this sense, he’s being treated just like everybody else, which makes this a very different kind of investigation.”
Vance’s investigation dates back to 2019 and the Supreme Court subsequently ruled that his office had permission to subpoena records from Trump’s personal accounting firm.