Allen Weisselberg, the longtime CFO of the Trump Organization, appeared today (July 1) at the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
The move comes as Weisselberg and former President Donald Trump’s conglomerate are preparing to face their first criminal charges from an investigation that has dogged Mr Trump for years, according to Reuters and the AP. .
Mr. Weisselberg and his attorney entered the building that houses the criminal court and the Manhattan district attorney’s office at 6:20 a.m. this morning.
New York prosecutors are expected to announce an indictment accusing Weisselberg and the Trump Organization of tax crimes later today.
The case against Weisselberg, a loyal aide who helped run Trump’s real estate empire, could provide prosecutors with the means to pressure the executive. Then force him to cooperate and tell them about the business dealings of the Trump corporation.
The Trump Organization issued a statement defending its CFO and stated that what was aimed at Mr Weisselberg was not justice but politics.
According to two people familiar with the case, the charges against the Trump Organization and Mr. Weisselberg are currently being kept under wraps. However, it will be announced in a Manhattan court. Mr. Trump is not expected to be implicated in this case.
Weisselberg, 73, is under close scrutiny, in part because of questions about his son’s use of a Trump Organization apartment with little or no cost.
The Trump Organization is a family company that owns hotels, golf clubs and other real estate. Trump’s two children, Donald Jr and Eric, have been in charge of the company since their father became President of the United States.
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