Vanity Fair: Three years after it began its criminal investigation of Donald Trump’s Trump Organization and its executives, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is reportedly expected to charge the ex-president’s company and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, with tax-related crimes on Thursday, according The Wall Street Journal.
Obviously this marks a major escalation of the probe, and Trump will presumably respond to the news by lashing out like a man increasingly concerned that prison may be in his future.
Allen Weisselberg has spent forty years helping Donald Trump commit crimes and harm people. If Weisselberg wants to stand his ground for a few weeks or months while prosecutors steadily rip his life to pieces before he inevitably caves, then fine, I’m getting some popcorn.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) June 29, 2021
According to the Journal, Weisselberg and the company are expected to be hit with charges related to allegedly avoiding paying taxes on fringe benefits. For months Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office has been investigating whether the perks the CFO (and other employees) was awarded, including cars, corporate apartments, and private school tuition, were a way of evading money owed to the IRS.
In addition to reportedly obtaining Weisselberg’s personal tax returns, the D.A.’s office scored a trove of financial documents from his ex-daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, whose former husband, Barry Weisselberg, is also a longtime employee of the company.
Wrong! They have documents to prove more than you know or should be commenting on. Weisselberg is not the key to a Trump indictment. https://t.co/YzFp7DHSvl
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) June 29, 2021
The former daughter-in-law of Trump Org. CFO Allen Weisselberg says she's prepared to testify before the Manhattan DA's grand jury. https://t.co/qoTHrYzhqZ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 29, 2021
(In his divorce deposition Barry was unable to answer a number of questions about his taxes, and when asked if taxes had been paid on the Trump Organization–owned apartment where his family previously lived, he said he didn’t know. Pressed to explain discrepancies between what he said he earned and what he actually reported on tax forms, he responded: “I’m not an accountant. I know what I make. I’m not too sure of certain things.”) read more…