Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg turned himself in to authorities this morning after a Manhattan grand jury decided to indict him and the company. According to the Washington Post, the indictments involve tax offenses related to the failure to pay taxes for the benefits of the company’s managers. They will be formalized today in the New York State Supreme Court.
Weisselberg is the first person to be indicted in the lengthy criminal investigation conducted by New York Attorney Cyrus Vance jr., In collaboration with New York Attorney General Leticia James, on the economic activities of Donald Trump. In an interview with Fox News last night, Trump called the investigation “nonsense”. “The extremist prosecutors in New York are against me, we have to fight,” the former president added.
Trump is not expected to be directly affected by these indictments, but sources in the Post point out that the move by New York prosecutors against Weisselberg, who has worked alongside the tycoon since the 1980s and is the most important figure in society not linked to the family, constitutes a significant escalation of the former president’s potential legal problems.
Under a pattern typical of this type of investigation, prosecutors hope the CFO will cooperate, and, in exchange for a reduced sentence, agree to testify in the investigation into Trump’s alleged tax evasion. Vance’s own investigation was launched in 2018 based on statements by former personal lawyer and Trump’s’ hound ‘, Michael Cohen, who turned into his great accuser after being indicted for paying porn star Stormy Daniels’ silence on his own. relationship with Trump.
The investigation then expanded into other issues and financial transactions of the Trump Organization and continued, despite Trump twice appealing to the Supreme Court claiming that as president he could not be investigated by a state prosecutor. Trump and his company have never faced criminal charges so far, although in the past they have been at the center of several civil cases, such as those against Trump University, accused of defrauding students, closed by Trump in 2016 with a 25-year deal. Millions of dollars.