A rabid Manhattan district attorney’s office has sunk its teeth into the Trump organization and is getting ready to indict Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg on tax-related crimes.
The charges are expected to come down on Thursday according to The Wall Street Journal. The district attorney has been digging for two years on the case trying to find evidence that Trump’s real estate company violated state laws and engaged in anything illegal. This is the first indictment to be followed evidently by others. The former president is not being charged so far.
Prosecutors have been eyeing Weisselberg for months and they’ve been attempting to unsuccessfully flip him as a cooperating witness. In February, the Supreme Court gave the green light to prosecutors who wanted to get their hands on eight years of Trump’s tax returns. They then focused on his CFO and convinced his former daughter-in-law Jennifer to cooperate with them.
Jennifer Weisselberg claims that she gave boxes of documents in connection to her divorce to Barry Weisselberg to investigators. She contends that there is evidence contained in the documents that show the couple received fringe benefits from the Trump organization. Those were purported to included tuition payments for their children, housing, etc. all of which allegedly were not paid taxes on.
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Her ex-husband Barry Weisselberg is also a Trump employee. A former executive at the company named Barbara Res told Business Insider that the reason Weisselberg hasn’t flipped could be because of his son’s employment.
The investigation into Trump and his business dealings began after his former lawyer Michael Cohen accused the organization of facilitating a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to cover up an affair with Trump years ago.
Cohen has previously testified that he and Weisselberg set up the payment to Daniels without Trump’s knowledge. Cohen has since pleaded guilty in 2018 to a number of felony counts in connection to campaign finance violations, tax evasion, and wire fraud that are related to the payment.
When prosecutors couldn’t get anything to stick to Trump over Daniels, they started looking into his real estate dealings, accusing him of manipulating property values for loan and tax purposes.
Trump’s defense lawyer, Ron Fischetti, informed Politico earlier this week that he will not be charged in the first indictment from the DA’s office: “They just said, ‘When this indictment comes down, he won’t be charged,'” Fischetti stated. But then added that the DA’s office said its investigation is “ongoing,” which means they are still going after the former president.
Prosecutors are looking for anyone who will incriminate Trump: “They could not get Allen Weisselberg to cooperate and tell them what they wanted to hear, and that’s why they are going forward with these charges,” Fischetti told NBC News. “They could not get him to cooperate because he would not say that Donald Trump had knowledge or any information that he may have been not deducting properly the use of cars or an apartment.”
In documents filed in the US Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutors charged that “mountainous” allegations against Trump include misstatements about his business properties to insurers, potential lenders, and the government and claim they “could establish crimes” including tax and insurance fraud and falsification of business records.
In a statement, Trump declared that his dealings are “standard practice throughout the US business community and in no way a crime.”
On Monday, attorneys for the Trump organization reportedly met with prosecutors in a last-ditch effort to dissuade them from moving forward with charges against the company. Since 2017, the company has been held under a trust that is controlled by the former president and his adult sons, along with Weisselberg.
Conservatives on Twitter are sneering at the legal move:
New York City district attorneys DROPPED almost all looting cases from the summer 2020 riots.
Just so they could prioritize a case against the Trump Organization.
This is nothing but another Witch Hunt!
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) June 30, 2021
To liberals who thought Trump was going to be criminally charged in New York … pic.twitter.com/PlDDKBRm4G
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) June 28, 2021
Witch hunt continues
— P-E-Z (@pez1963) June 30, 2021
The amount of time, energy, & ruthlessness the left is willing to employ to shut up a political opponent should scare the sh$& out of every US citizen
— HARMONICA (@bar94boss) June 30, 2021
Hooo boy. The corruptocrats are really scraping around for something, anything, to justify their witch hunt.
— SeaWolfe (@SeaSunWolfe) June 30, 2021
This is beyond pathetic now. The dems have been trying for 6 YEARS to pin something on him
— Fiddlydiddly (@REBECCA36138051) June 30, 2021
This is disgusting, Hunter goes free w/o any investigation, but parking, cars, fringe benefits on CFO is pathetic. Stop using DOJ as a political force.
— Margaret Harrington (@62jerseygirl) June 30, 2021
he’s teflon …. AND he’s absolutely squeaky clean…. if they haven’t gotten anything on him yet they ain’t gonna!
— abbaschild (@abbaschild3) June 28, 2021