He turned up this morning Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization and a close associate of the former president, who will be indicted in the investigation for tax offenses which Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is pursuing. The allegations have not yet been disclosed – investigators will formalize them later in the day presenting the indictment against the Trump Organization and its manager – but they should focus on benefits received by Weisselberg and his family without being declared to the tax authorities: among other things, private schools for at least one nephew, free apartments and leased cars.
The investigation ties in with a second lead by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, which is investigating whether the Trump Organization actually paid taxes on what should have been considered taxable income in all respects. The objective of the two investigations of bring to light the potential financial crimes committed by the company, which may have manipulated the value of some properties to obtain loans and tax relief.
Weisselberg, the man who knows every dime that leaves Trump Tower, as former campaign manager Corey Lewandoski called him, he never wanted to collaborate: Trump himself said he was 100% certain that he would not betray him. However, American newspapers note, still in time: if he pleads guilty, he could do serious damage to the former president.
Accompanied by his lawyer, 73-year-old Weisselberg – who started working for Trump’s father Fred nearly fifty years ago – arrived in the district attorney’s office at 6.20am and is expected to appear in court in the afternoon with representatives of the Trump family real estate company. The former president, on the other hand, should not be indicted.
July 1, 2021 (change July 1, 2021 | 15:02)
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