Even though Donald Trump is no longer in the White House, The View co-host Joy Behar is still hoping for an indictment against the former president.
According to Breitbart, Behar promised on Wednesday’s episode of the daytime ABC talk show that she would throw a “big party” if Trump was formally charged as part of an ongoing investigation into the former president and his Trump Organization out of New York.
“I’m a betting woman”
Behar was commenting on news that the Manhattan district attorney’s office had convened a grand jury to consider evidence in their case. The state of New York is also pursuing a criminal case against the former president’s eponymous business, according to reports.
“You-know-who is back in the headlines thanks to New York’s D.A. convening a special grand jury in their investigation of whether he had a hand in his business committing criminal bank fraud, insurance fraud, and tax fraud, among other things,” The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg noted Wednesday, as Breitbart reported.
“Of course, he’s denying all charges with his go-to it’s a politically motivated witch hunt claim. Joy, do you think he’s really worried about all this?” Goldberg pressed her co-star.
Behar didn’t mince words in response. “Well, you know, I was reading that 95 to 99% of all cases that go to the grand jury end up in indictments,” she noted. “So, I mean, I’m a betting woman. I say he could be indicted very easily. I think he’s probably trembling.”
Behar also said she expects Trump to “deny everything,” but suggested she’s not giving up hope yet. “When he’s indicted, I’m having a big party with Mexican food, a pinata, margaritas, everything. I can’t wait. I’m having a severe case of schadenfreude as we speak,” she said, according to Breitbart.
“Do their dirty work”
According to CNBC, prosecutors are said to be investigating “whether the former president and his company falsely inflated the value of their properties for insurance adjusters and then undervalued the properties for tax purposes.”
“Another area under investigation is how the Trump Organization paid its top executives and whether taxes were paid on various forms of compensation,” CNBC reported.
Trump, for his part, didn’t respond to a request for comment from CNBC on the news of recent grand jury proceedings, but has previously asserted that the probes against him out of New York are coming from Democrats who are “possessed” with destroying his “political fortunes.”
“After prosecutorial efforts the likes of which nobody has ever seen before, they failed to stop me in Washington, so they turned it over to New York to do their dirty work,” the former president said in a statement, according to the BBC.
“This is what I have been going through for years,” he added. And there’s no sign of it stopping any time soon.