Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s main fiscal officer, has officially surrendered to the Manhattan territory attorney’s bureau up of the expected transgression indictment against him and the institution successful transportation with fiscal crimes. He volition beryllium arraigned aboriginal today.
The quality comes aft a Manhattan expansive assemblage filed the indictments yesterday; they are acceptable to beryllium unsealed astir 2 p.m. today.
The Trump Organization released a connection defending Weisselberg, who has been loyal to erstwhile President Donald Trump and his household for fractional a century. In it, they alleged that Weisselberg is being utilized by Manhattan prosecutors arsenic “a pawn.”
“The District Attorney is bringing a transgression prosecution involving worker benefits that neither the IRS nor immoderate different District Attorney would ever deliberation of bringing. This is not justice; this is politics,” said the statement.
Trump’s lawyer has said Trump is not expected to beryllium charged.
Earlier this week, quality outlets reported that the Trump Organization’s lawyers had made a “last pitch” to forestall an indictment.
“There is nary indictment coming down this week against the erstwhile president,” Trump Organization lawyer Rob Fischetti said in a telephone interrogation Monday. “I can’t accidental he’s retired of the woods yet completely.”
Trump, who could go the archetypal president to beryllium prosecuted aft leaving office, has criticized District Attorney Cyrus Vance and his unit for being “rude, nasty, and wholly biased successful the mode they are treating lawyers, representatives, and immoderate of the fantastic semipermanent employees and radical wrong the Trump Organization.”
The quality nevertheless complicates matters for the erstwhile president, who is weighing a 2024 statesmanlike run.