A Manhattan grand jury indicted the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, for tax offenses related to non-payment of company manager benefits taxes. This was revealed by the Washington Post, citing two informed sources according to which the indictments, decided yesterday, will be formalized this afternoon.
According to sources in the Post, Weisselberg will turn himself in today in the office of District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and then appear before the judge who will communicate the charges for him and for the Trump Organization, which are the first result of the investigation conducted. for years by New York prosecutors on the former president’s empire.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump went back to calling these investigations, like those of impeachment, “all 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 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.