New York prosecutors last week announced indictments against the Trump Organization and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg on allegations of tax evasion.
Although former President Donald Trump was not charged, one expert recently opined that his eldest daughter could soon find herself charged with a crime.
“We have everything we need”
According to MSNBC legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne, the recent indictment represented just “an opening salvo” with Ivanka Trump representing the next likely target.
“Ordinarily or quite often, New York State indictments are not as detailed as this,” she said during a recent appearance on the cable news network, according to Breitbart. “The prosecutors went to an amazing amount of effort to show Weisselberg we have everything we need.”
She went on to suggest that prosecutors are not only “pressuring” Weisselberg to “flip” on the former president.
“The amount of detail in this indictment tells me they’re trying to tell other people you have got to flip because we have everything,” Alksne said, as Breitbart reported.
Noting that “there are a lot of other people mentioned” in the court documents released by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Alksne theorized that prosecutors hope that Weisselberg’s cooperation will spark a chain reaction that “builds and builds.”
“This case is over”
As for where the case is likely to go next, Alksne said she would “focus on the kids” when pursuing such charges.
“We’ve heard a lot of this reporting about Ivanka Trump getting consulting fees, consulting fees, or things she may or may not have done,” she said.
Both the Trump Organization and Weisselberg pleaded not guilty to the charges against them in a Manhattan courtroom on Thursday. Company attorney Ron Fischetti told Fox News that this is a bad-faith prosecution rooted in political animus rather than fact.
“I have never seen this office bring a case like this and, quite frankly, I am astonished,” he said. “The district attorney is supposed to be apolitical, but everyone knows that the only reason they are proceeding with this case is because it is Trump. As far as we are concerned, this case is over.”
Prosecutors allege Weisselberg neglected to pay taxes on about $1.76 million in income and fringe benefits over the course of 15 years.