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Trump Organization lawyers 'tell NY prosecutors that indicting the firm could destroy its reputation beyond repair'

 Attorneys representing Donald Trump's family business are attempting to convince  prosecutors not to file criminal charges against the company, and told them that doing so could damage the firm's reputation beyond repair.

Lawyers met with Manhattan prosecutors on Monday in a last ditch attempt to dissuade them from filing charges against the Trump Organization.

During the meeting, senior officials with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York State Attorney General's Office both met with Trump defense lawyers who highlighted the damage the company could face, should an indictment occur.


The two prosecutors' offices - now working together in their probe against Trump - did not indicate whether they'd decided to press any charges.  

But the collateral damage from any such allegations could spread far and wide, affecting relationships with banks and other business partners, Trump Organization lawyers are purported to have said.

Charges against the Trump Organization could come later this week

Charges against the Trump Organization could come later this week

Donald Trump won't be personally charged in the Manhattan district attorney's case against the former president's business organization

Donald Trump won't be personally charged in the Manhattan district attorney's case against the former president's business organization

The meeting to discuss 'collateral consequences' are routine in white-collar investigations when charges are near, according to the New York Times.

The meeting, conducted through video conferencing, lasted for less than an hour.

The prosecutors have not stated one way or the other if they have made a final decision on whether to bring charges against the Trump Organization which has long denied any wrongdoing, as has its long-serving chief financial officer Allen H. Weisselberg.

District attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., could well announce charges against the company and Weisselberg later this week.  Weisselberg is said to have refused to flip and turn on Trump in return for easier treatment from investigators. 

Donald Trump won't be personally charged in the Manhattan district attorney's case against the former president's business organization when the first indictment comes down, his attorney claimed earlier in the day. 

In a lengthy and rambling statement issued on Monday, Trump called the DA's investigation 'a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt of all time' and claimed prosecutors 'failed' to find a crime even as 'millions of dollars of taxpayer funds wasted.' 

Charges are likely in connection with fringe benefits the company awarded its chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg who prosecutors were hoping might flip

Charges are likely in connection with fringe benefits the company awarded its chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg who prosecutors were hoping might flip

His words came as an indictment against the business that made his fame and fortune, The Trump Organization, grows closer.  

Ronald Fischetti, a New York attorney who represents Trump, told Politico that, at a meeting with Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance on Monday, he was told the DA's office will not bring charges against Trump himself when the first indictment arrives, which could be as soon as this week.

'They just said, 'When this indictment comes down, he won't be charged. Our investigation is ongoing,' he said.

Trump railed against the prosecution in his response. 

'They will do anything to stop the MAGA movement (and me),' the former president said. 'They also know that no matter how strong our case, they will work hard to embarrass us and the Republican Party.'

He claimed the prosecution of his business organization meant other companies would see it as a reason not to station their businesses in New York.


The former president called the DA's investigation 'a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt of all time,' in a lengthy, rambling statement 

'Having politically motivated prosecutors, people who actually got elected because they will "get Donald Trump," is a very dangerous thing for our Country. In the end, people will not stand for it. Remember, if they can do this to me, they can do it to anyone! Why would anyone bring their company to New York, or even stay in New York, knowing these Radical Left Democrats would willingly target their company if viewed as a political opponent? It is devastating for New York!,' Trump said. 

He also claimed to be the victim after he saved the country from COVID.  

'These Witch Hunters are relentlessly seeking to destroy a reputation of a President who has done a great job for this Country, including tax and regulation cuts, Border control, rebuilding the Military, and developing the vaccine in record time - thereby saving our Country, and far beyond. Washington, D.C. and ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court, should finally stop these vicious, angry, and highly partisan prosecutors. They are a disgrace to our Nation!,' he concluded.  

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has been conducting a long-running investigation into Donald Trump's businesses

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has been conducting a long-running investigation into Donald Trump's businesses

Meanwhile, Fischetti said he was told the charges against the Trump Organization and its individual employees related to alleged failures to pay taxes on corporate benefits and perks. 

Those are believed to include up to $500,000 in school fees paid for Weisselberg's two grandchildren to attend Columbia Grammar and Prep School in Manhattan.

That cash is said to have been paid by both Weisselberg and Trump, as a gift to Weisselberg's son Barry, whose kids were attending the facility.

Prosecutors are believed to be probing whether those gifts should have been declared as such, which would have made them eligible for tax payments.  

Charges will likely not be related to so-called 'hush money' payments that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen said were made to porn star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

'Nothing. Not a word on that,' he said. 

Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 in October 2016, a month before the election, to stop her discussing the alleged affair with Trump, which Trump denied having. The New  York Times reported that, in court documents, Cohen said Trump Organization officials were involved in the payoff. Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal charges on August 21, 2018, including a campaign finance violation, for his role in the payment. 

New York Attorney General Letitia James said she was assigning two of her lawyers to work with Vance on the criminal probe while she continues a civil investigation of Trump

New York Attorney General Letitia James said she was assigning two of her lawyers to work with Vance on the criminal probe while she continues a civil investigation of Trump

Nor would the charges be related to concerns The Trump Organization used misleading valuations of its properties to deceive lenders, it is claimed. 

'We asked, 'Is there anything else?' Fischetti told Politico. 'They said, 'No.'

'It's crazy that that's all they had,' he added.

'They just said, 'When this indictment comes down, he won't be charged,' Ronald Fischetti, a New York attorney who represents Trump, told Politico

'They just said, 'When this indictment comes down, he won't be charged,' Ronald Fischetti, a New York attorney who represents Trump, told Politico

He noted he expects charges to be filed against the company this week or next.  

Prosecutors gave Trump's attorneys a Monday afternoon to make their final case as to why the Trump Organization should not face criminal charges over its financial dealings, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.   

The charges would be the first criminal allegations to emerge from Vance's long-running investigation into Trump's business work in New York.

Over the past few weeks, a grand jury has been hearing evidence about Weisselberg, with prosecutors obtaining the executive's personal tax returns. Companies can be tried for crimes, and if they are convicted or plead guilty, they would face fines and other penalties. 

Letitia James, the New York State Attorney General running a civil probe, has also reportedly acquired those tax returns. James' office had been investigating whether Trump's company falsely reported property values to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits.


Earlier, prosecutors were also able to obtain the personal bank records of Weisselberg. 

Investigators are looking at whether or not Weisselberg failed to pay taxes on benefits over the years, including apartments, leased cars and private school tuition for two of Weisselberg's grandchildren.

To that end, prosecutors have subpoenaed records from an Upper West Side private school, the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School.

Vance is reported to be seeking records into Mercedes-Benz vehicles leased for Weisselberg and other Trump Organization employees. 

They are also looking at an apartment Trump may have gifted Weisselberg in Manhattan. 

Trump's company, The Trump Organization, likely to face charges on alleged failures to pay taxes on corporate benefits and perks; charges would not be related to so-called 'hush money' payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels

Trump's company, The Trump Organization, likely to face charges on alleged failures to pay taxes on corporate benefits and perks; charges would not be related to so-called 'hush money' payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels


Meanwhile, Weisslberg's former daughter-in-law, Jennifer, has been interviewed in the probe six times and is cooperating with prosecutors.

The Manhattan district attorney's office has informed Donald Trump 's lawyers that it is considering criminal charges against The Trump Organization in connection with benefits the company awarded its chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg

The Manhattan district attorney's office has informed Donald Trump 's lawyers that it is considering criminal charges against The Trump Organization in connection with benefits the company awarded its chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg 

She has been asked about the tuition payments, as well gifts her ex-husband, Barry Weisselberg, received from Trump, such as leased cars and an apartment on Central Park South. 

It's not clear what charges Weisselberg may be facing, though experts suggest it could be grand larceny, scheme to defraud or tax fraud.

If Weisselberg is charged with tax fraud and failing to pay more than $10,000 in taxes for a single year, he could face up to seven years in prison. 

Prosecutors are hoping Weisselberg will cooperate with the probe into Trump and will flip on the former president. The indictments could put additional pressure on him to cut a deal. 

The issue took on a renewed sense of urgency when Vance said in April that he will retire at the end of 2021 and there is speculation his office will issue any indictments before that. 

Weisselberg is still an employee of the Trump Organization. He previously worked for Donald Trump's father and has been the chief financial officer at the Trump Organization for more than two decades, and has denied all claims of wrongdoing. 

5 comments:

  1. This is not about Trump. This is about sending a message to YOU. This is about special interests vs the taxpayer. Which one does the government work for? You know who special interests are. Big business, big tech, finance, the media. Corporations. The same people that rigged the election. (https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/) There the people that bribe your elected officials and government employees with lobby money, campaign contributions and jobs after they leave government service. The people that your government works for instead of you. And they will do anything to keep it that way. Trump's "drain the swamp" would have changed that. It would have made the government work for the people the way it's supposed to. The way it did before our government became corrupt. Now they are trying to send a message to anyone else that gets in the way of their corruption. This isn't about Trump. It's about YOU. They want to send a message to YOU. And the message is. Don't ever try to take your country back. If you don't succeed we will punish you.These are people that we pay their salary's.Fire them all!!!!

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    1. Correct. Trump is an EPSTEIN GUILTY P0S TRAITOR serving our ENEMY Israel just like Biden does. They wont go after him for REAL crimes like molesting girls with Epstein. SAME SWAMP.

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  2. They will surely file charges now. They want to destroy Trump as much as they can so he can't run again. Thois is all about politics and nothing about any crime that may or may not have been committed. As with everything else the demonrats do I am sure no crime was committed. Every time they say Trump did something it turns out they not only lied about it but they did it themselves already or are planning on doing it.

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    1. You shouldnt want ANY fake politician EPSTEIN GUILTY and serving our ENEMY in Tel Aviv to run anyway.

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  3. indicting the firm could destroy its reputation beyond repair' That is the point?

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