The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer are set to be charged on Thursday with tax-related crimes following an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, according to a new report.
The charges against the company, owned by former President Donald Trump, and its longtime finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, reportedly center on perks given to employees that had not been properly taxed. The company gave its top executives cars, private school tuition, and the use of apartments, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Defendants in the case are expected to appear in court on Thursday afternoon.
The district attorney's office, in addition to the New York state attorney general's office, has been investigating whether executives at the Trump Organization had been illegally avoiding paying taxes over the past three years.
In early June, Jeffrey McConney, the longtime controller of the Trump Organization, became the first employee from the company to testify before a grand jury after he was issued a subpoena.
Lawyers for the company met virtually with Manhattan prosecutors last week in hopes of getting them not to charge the business.
Ronald Fischetti, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, argued that there was no indication that Trump himself had been included in these charges, though he left the door open to the former president facing charges down the line.
“There is no indictment coming down this week against the former president,” Fischetti told the Associated Press. “I can't say he's out of the woods yet completely.”
Jason Miller, a longtime adviser to Trump, tweeted on Thursday that the charges are “politically terrible for the Democrats.”
“They told their crazies and their supplicants in the mainstream media this was about President Trump. Instead, their Witch Hunt is persecuting an innocent 80 year-old man for maybe taking free parking!” Miller said.
In a previous statement in May, Trump referred to the entire investigation as a “witch hunt.”
“This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it's being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors,” Trump said.
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Original Author: Mica Soellner
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