The Manhattan District Attorney on Monday responded to the Trump organization’s efforts to dismiss allegations of fraud and tax evasion by former Chief Financial Officer Allen Weiselberg.
Weisselberg and the company asked a judge in January to dismiss the case, which was filed in July 2021, which they claimed was targeted “based on political hostility” with former President Donald Trump. Weisselberg also claimed that he was acquitted of certain federal charges when he testified before a federal grand jury investigating former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Prosecutors said in documents filed on Monday that the investigation into Weisselberg actually started on November 2, 2020. Bloomberg article About the privileges Weisselberg claims to have received.
“This article summarizes many key facts related to the crimes charged,” Manhattan prosecutor Solomon Shinerlock wrote in a filing on Monday.
A company named after TrumpIt is to provide executives with luxurious tax-free perks or “indirect employee compensation”. Weisselberg, who had been next to Trump in the company for decades, is accused of receiving preferential treatment, including an apartment and a car worth $1.7 million.
Weisselberg and the company have pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers were not immediately reachable.
In a January agreement to dismiss the charges, they claimed that the company and Weisselberg were “improperly targeted” because of politics. They highlighted the comments of New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat who has been critical of Republican Trump. The Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation is assigned two attorneys from James’ office.
However, in Monday’s filing, Shinerock confirmed that incumbent DA Alvin Bragg and former district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Worked below and both Democrats wrote that their offices and James’ offices were unknown for “months” of early 2021. They were both investigating Weisselberg for tax-related crimes.
Weisselberg’s lawyers also wrote in January that the charges should be dropped because Weisselberg was acquitted of certain federal charges when he testified before a federal grand jury investigating former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Shinerock said none of his team had seen or been briefed on Weisselberg’s testimony against Cohen, but argued that federal immunity did not apply to state charges brought against Weisselberg.
The judge in this case did not rule on the application for dismissal.
A separate civil investigation into the Trump Organization run by James’ office is expected to end soon, the office’s lawyers said would lead to “enforcement action”. They didn’t elaborate on what it was.