Three years after he began his criminal investigation of Donald trumpTrump Organization and its executives, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, reportedly expected to collect from the former president’s company and his financial director, Allen Weisselberg, with tax crimes on Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Obviously, this marks a major escalation of the investigation, and presumably Trump will respond to the news by lashing out like a man increasingly concerned that prison may be in his future.
According to the Daily, Weisselberg and the company are expected to face charges related to allegedly avoiding paying taxes on fringe benefits. For months Cyrus Vance Jr.The office has been investigating whether benefits that were awarded to the CFO (and other employees), including cars, corporate apartments, and private school tuition, were a way to evade money owed to the IRS. In addition to reportedly obtaining Weisselberg’s personal tax returns, the district attorney’s office obtained a trove of financial documents from his former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, whose ex-husband, Barry Weisselberg, He is also a long-time employee of the company. (In his divorce filing, Barry was unable to answer a number of questions about his taxes, and when asked if taxes had been paid on the Trump Organization-owned apartment where his family lived previously, he said he did not know. Between what he said he earned and what he actually reported on the tax forms, he replied, “I’m not an accountant. I know what I’m making. I’m not quite sure about certain things.”)
While Weisselberg has so far refused to cooperate with the investigation, be personally charged, and contemplate spending time in prison, he could obviously change his decision regarding testifying against Trump, and if he did, it would certainly be a very, Very bad. turn of events for the 45th president. Weisselberg has described himself as the “eyes and ears” of the company from a financial standpoint, and could presumably connect any number of points about possible crimes committed by Trump.
Meanwhile, according to the Daily:
As Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law told Air Mail in April, “Trump doesn’t care about Allen, but Allen knows all the bad things he did.”
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