Fox News reported Thursday that New York prosecutors had brought criminal indictments against the Trump Organization, along with its chief financial officer.
According to NBC News, Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who is 73, “pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and tax fraud charges, among others, after prosecutors accused him of personally avoiding taxes on $1.7 million of his income.” The Trump Organization also pleaded not guilty to indictments related to tax crimes, Fox said.
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump is currently facing no charges.
“Follow the facts”
“Today is an important marker in the ongoing criminal investigation of the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement, according to Fox. “In the indictment, we allege, among other things, financial wrongdoing whereby the Trump Organization engaged in a scheme with Mr. Weisselberg to avoid paying taxes on certain compensation,” she added.
The New York attorney general went on to declare that her “investigation will continue, and we will follow the facts and the law wherever they may lead.”
Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Carey Dunne also issued a brief statement upon news of the indictments. “In light of the many statements that have already been made about this case, I’d like to clarify for the court briefly what this case is, and is not, about,” Dunne said.
“The chief financial officer himself avoided taxes on $1.7 million of his income, which hardly amounts to an incidental ‘fringe benefit,'” the lawyer explained. “And the former CEO signed, himself, many of the illegal compensation checks. To put it bluntly, this was a sweeping and audacious illegal payments scheme.”
Although former President Trump has long argued that attempts to investigate his company are rooted in partisan animosity, Dunne denied that the investigation was conducted in bad faith.
“Politics has no role in the grand jury chamber, and I can assure your honor that it played no role here,” the assistant district attorney insisted.
However, a Trump Organization spokesperson disputed Dunne’s claim, arguing instead that “everyday New Yorkers and Americans know exactly what this is: an inappropriate use of a local prosecutor’s vast and unchecked power to target a political opponent.”
Trump Organization attorney Ron Fischetti expressed a similar sentiment, telling Fox News that “everyone knows that the only reason they are proceeding with this case is because it is ‘Trump.'”
Even the former president himself chimed in. “The political Witch Hunt by the Radical Left Democrats, with New York now taking over the assignment, continues,” he said in a statement released by his Save America PAC, according to NBC. “It is dividing our Country like never before!”