Trump Organization may face criminal charges next week

At some point next week, it appears the Manhattan District Attorney’s office will file criminal charges against the Trump Organization “in connection with fringe benefits the company awarded a top executive, according to several people with knowledge of the matter.” The DA’s office may also file criminal charges against the company’s longtime CFO, Allen Weisselberg.

According to the New York Times:

Mr. Trump’s lawyers met on Thursday with senior prosecutors in the district attorney’s office in hopes of persuading them to abandon any plan to charge the company, according to several people familiar with the meeting. Such meetings are routine in white-collar criminal investigations, and it is unclear whether the prosecutors have made a final decision on whether to charge the Trump Organization, which has long denied wrongdoing.

Ron Fischetti, an attorney for the Trumps said “the corporate office will plead not guilty and we will make an immediate motion to dismiss the case against the corporation.”

He also added:

“They could not get Allen Weisselberg to cooperate and tell them what they wanted to hear, and that’s why they are going forward with these charges,” Fischetti said. “They could not get him to cooperate because he would not say that Donald Trump had knowledge or any information that he may have been not deducting properly the use of cars or an apartment.

NBC:

More from NYT:

Still, an indictment of Mr. Trump’s company could deal a blow to the former president just as he has started to hold rallies and flirt with a return to politics. The Trump Organization is inseparable from Mr. Trump, acting as the corporate umbrella for a portfolio of hotels, golf clubs and other real estate, most of which are branded with his name.

It is unclear whether Mr. Trump will ultimately face charges himself. The investigation, which began three years ago, has been wide-ranging, examining whether the Trump Organization manipulated the value of its properties to obtain favorable loans and tax benefits, people with knowledge of the matter have said.

The inquiry is also examining the organization’s statements to insurance companies about the value of various assets and any role that its employees — including Mr. Weisselberg — may have played in hush-money payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign.

‘Stay tuned ‘for next week’s ‘big announcement.’

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