Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg Turns Himself In To DA After Being Indicted For Tax Evasion
Allen Weisselberg, the longtime CFO of the Trump Organization, turned himself into Manhattan’s district attorney office at 6:20 a.m. The charges against him are expected to be unsealed around 2 p.m. today. It is likely that the charges against him will include failure to pay taxes on fringe benefits from the company. These benefits include private school tuition for at least one of his grandchildren, free apartments and leased cars.
A grand jury handed down the indicted yesterday.
Weisselberg was first hired by Trump’s father, Fred Trump, in 1973 and rose to the top of the Trump Organization. He has handled both the personal and professional finances of former President Donald Trump. Trump has previously said that Weisselberg would do “whatever was necessary to protect the bottom line.”
Weisselberg’s attorney spoke to the press, stating: “Mr. Weisselberg has pled not guilty and intends to fight these charges in court.”
This is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into the Trump family real estate business, and their alleged failures to follow the law. The Trump Organization has released a statement following news of Weisselberg’s indictment in the case. “The district attorney is bringing a criminal prosecution involving employee benefits that neither the I.R.S. or any other district attorney would ever think of bringing,” the statement read, “This is not justice; this is politics.”
Trump’s attorney has stated that it is not anticipated for the former president to be charged today. Still, Weisselberg’s legal troubles are expected to affect Trump who has recently begun attending rallies in hopes of running in the 2024 presidential election.
Jennifer Weisselberg has taken to Twitter to express her opinion following her ex-father-in-law’s indictment yesterday, saying she “absolutely” believes the Trump Organization will be shut down.
Jennifer Weisselberg, the ex-daughter-in-law of Allen Weisselberg, tells CNN that she "absolutely" believes the Trump Org. will be shut down.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 1, 2021