Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg has been indicted on mystery charges

Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg has been indicted on mystery charges

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I’ve been longing for a Hot Indictment Summer and live coverage of all of the members of the Trump Crime Syndicate to be frog-marched past a bank of cameras. But it’s going to take a little bit longer to get actual members of the Trump family in handcuffs. For now, we have to settle for Allen Weisselberg, the CFO of Trump Org (the man behind Donald Trump and Junior in the above photo). Weisselberg has been with Trump for decades and he knows where a lot of the bodies are buried because he kept track of the real estate where the bodies were buried. What are the odds that Weisselberg has been arrested just so he can get a deal and turn on the Trump crime family?

Donald J. Trump’s long-serving chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg, surrendered on Thursday to the Manhattan district attorney’s office as he and the Trump Organization prepared to face charges in connection with a tax investigation, people with knowledge of the matter said. The exact charges were not yet known. Prosecutors were expected to unseal an indictment later in the day against Mr. Weisselberg and the Trump Organization, the real estate business that catapulted Mr. Trump to tabloid fame, television riches and ultimately, the White House.

Mr. Weisselberg, accompanied by his lawyer, Mary E. Mulligan, walked into the Lower Manhattan building that houses the criminal courts and the district attorney’s office about 6:20 a.m. He is expected to appear in court in the afternoon along with representatives of the Trump Organization.

The charges against the Trump Organization and Mr. Weisselberg — whom Mr. Trump once praised for doing “whatever was necessary to protect the bottom line” — emerged from the district attorney’s sweeping inquiry into the business practices of Mr. Trump and his company. As part of that inquiry, the prosecutors in the office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., had been examining whether Mr. Weisselberg failed to pay taxes on valuable benefits he and his family received from Mr. Trump, including private school tuition for at least one of his grandchildren, free apartments and leased cars.

Ms. Mulligan declined to comment on her client’s surrender. In a statement, the Trump Organization said Mr. Weisselberg was being used as a “pawn in a scorched-earth attempt to harm the former president.”

[From The NY Times]

The NYT notes the timing – Trump has started doing his unhinged fascist rallies again, this week. Coincidence? Perhaps – I mean, we’ve known for months that Cy Vance was about to hand down some indictments, we just thought that people in the Trump family might get charged. But I’m happy that Weisselberg is facing charges. I hope he sings like a canary. Turn on everybody, Weisselberg! Get a deal, treat yourself!

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