The Trump Organization company and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, has pleaded not guilty this week to tax charges issued to it by the Manhattan DA office.
Trump’s longtime financial chief surrendered late this week to NY authorities for arraignment in the initial, possibly last, criminal indictment coming from a two-year long investigation into Trump’s company.
CFO of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, was seen going into a location that houses both the criminal courts and the Manhattan DA’s office in the early hours on Thursday.
Weisselberg, who is 73, was scheduled to be arraigned on a grand jury indictment charging him along with Trump’s company for tax crimes in connection to side benefits gifted to employees of the organization, like the use of vehicles, apartments and school tuition, people close to the matter told The Associated Press.
“Allen Weisselberg is a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather who has worked for the Trump Organization for almost 48 years,” a Trump Organization press representative said about the charges in a comment.
“He is now being used by the Manhattan D.A. as a pawn in their scorched earth strategy to harm former President Donald Trump,”the spokesperson stated. “The DA is creating a criminal case involving small benefits that neither the Internal Revenue Service nor any other DA would ever dream of creating. This isn’t justice; it is just politics.”
In separate comments, Trump said the charges were “shameful,” and said that Weisselberg is a “tremendous person.”
I just talked to former President Trump. He tells me today’s proceedings are “shameful”. I broke the news to Trump that his CFO entered court wearing handcuffs – “disgrace, disgrace, disgrace” Trump said adding Weisselberg is “a tremendous person”.
— John Santucci (@Santucci) July 1, 2021
Weisselberg was released without bail and must hand over his passport, a NY City court said.
This comes at a time when Democrats are desperately seeking to find a crime they can charge former President Trump with. With some conservatives saying this is due to their fear of Trump returning in 2024, and others saying it is only a revenge move on their part.
Author: Steven Sinclaire