Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg set to be charged on Thursday: NPR
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The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is expected to file a lawsuit Thursday against the family business of former President Donald Trump and its longtime CFO, NPR confirmed.
CFO Allen Weisselberg, who oversaw the day-to-day management of the Trump organization while the former president was in the White House, is facing criminal charges for allegedly paying employees to avoid taxes. Among the benefits the Trump Organization reportedly paid for were cars, apartments, and tuition at private schools.
“These are very expensive benefits that we are talking about here,” said Duncan Levin, lawyer for Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law Jennifer Weisselberg. “These are multi-million dollar apartments, tuition at the world’s most expensive private schools, renovations in marble and other high-end appliances. The heart of it all is serious.”
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Trump has denied wrongdoing. Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Cyrus Vance Jr. and Weisselberg’s personal lawyer Mary Mulligan declined to comment on the awaited indictment. Lawyers for the Trump Organization and Trump’s personal lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Vance has conducted a broad investigation into possible prolonged criminal fraud of the Trump Organization. The investigation was launched around the time Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, pleaded guilty in 2018 to campaign finance charges related to “secret money” used to silence women. who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Trump.
In 2019, the New York State Attorney General’s office opened a separate investigation into Trump’s real estate transactions that has since worked in cooperation with Vance’s investigation.
In recent months, investigators have focused on non-cash payments made to Weisselberg and other senior officials at Trump’s companies.
The expected timing of the charges was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
NPR national correspondent Hansi Lo Wang contributed to this story.