According to Politico, prosecutors in New York moved last week to indict Donald Trump’s eponymous company along with its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.
The development didn’t go unanswered by the former president, who condemned the charges and those behind them while speaking to a crowd of supporters on Saturday.
“They’ve mobilized every power of government to come after me, my family, my wonderful employees, and my company solely because of politics,” Trump said during a rally at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, according to The Hill. “It’s a terrible, terrible thing.”
“Political Witch Hunt”
Trump’s comments at the rally came days after he issued a written statement declaring that the chargers were part of a “political Witch Hunt by the Radical Left Democrats.”
He was said to have expressed similar sentiments in an interview with ABC News correspondent John Santucci, accusing authorities in New York of perpetrating a “disgrace” by trying to coerce Weisselberg into giving false testimony.
He also called the charges a “shame” and said he “couldn’t believe it,” Santucci reported.
“Tax fraud scheme”
The Hill reported last Thursday that Weisselberg had pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud and conspiracy stemming from allegations that he failed to pay taxes on $1.7 million in income over a multi-year period.
“As spelled out in the indictment, this was a 15 year-long tax fraud scheme, involving off the books payments, which is a type of crime that’s charged against companies and executives all the time,” New York Assistant District Attorney Carey Dunne said in court, according to The Hill.
“Contrary to today’s assertion by the company’s former CEO this is not a ‘standard practice in the business community,’ nor was it the act of a rogue or isolated employee,” he alleged. “Instead, it was orchestrated by the most senior executives, who were financially benefiting themselves and the company by getting secret pay raises at the expense of state and federal taxpayers.”
“All they have”
Trump Organization attorney Ron Fischetti later released a statement accusing the district attorney’s office of caring more about politics than the law.
“After years of investigation and the collection of millions of documents and devoting the resources of dozens of prosecutors and outside consultants, this is all they have?” Fischetti asked, as The Hill reported.
“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,'” he added. “As far as we are concerned, this case is over.”