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Trump Organization and longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg surrenders to Manhattan DA Cy Vance as he faces tax indictment due to be unsealed later today

 Trump Organization chief Allen Weisselberg surrendered this morning to the Manhattan district attorney's office as he faces a tax indictment due to be unsealed later today. 

Weisselberg, 73, who began working for Donald Trump's father Fred in 1973, walked into the Lower Manhattan building to the DA's office at about 6.20am, according to The New York Times.  

It is believed he will appear before a judge this afternoon along with other Trump Organization representatives. 


The charges are expected to focus on whether Weisselberg and other executives received perks such as rent-free apartments and leased cars without reporting them properly on their tax returns, people familiar with the probe have said.   

Trump himself is not expected to be charged this week, though prosecutors have said their investigation into the Trump Organization is continuing, his lawyer Ronald Fischetti has said.  

Weisselberg - once lauded by the former president for doing 'whatever was necessary to protect the bottom line' - was CFO of the real estate business that made Trump a household name. 

The indictment, first reported this week, follows months of increasing pressure after the Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, a Democrat, announced he was going to step down at the end of this 2021.  

Allen Weisselberg, 73, is seen on Tuesday morning heading to work at Trump Tower. Weisselberg, 73, who began working for Donald Trump 's father Fred in 1973, walked into the Lower Manhattan building to the DA's office at about 6.20am, according to The New York Times.

Allen Weisselberg, 73, is seen on Tuesday morning heading to work at Trump Tower. Weisselberg, 73, who began working for Donald Trump 's father Fred in 1973, walked into the Lower Manhattan building to the DA's office at about 6.20am, according to The New York Times.

Weisselberg has worked for the Trump Organization since the early 1970s and is described as an ultra-loyal lieutenant to the former president. Trump once said of him that he would do 'whatever was necessary to protect the bottom line'

Weisselberg has worked for the Trump Organization since the early 1970s and is described as an ultra-loyal lieutenant to the former president. Trump once said of him that he would do 'whatever was necessary to protect the bottom line'

His office has looked into hush-money payments paid to women on Trump's behalf and truthfulness in the company's property valuations and tax assessments, among other matters.

Vance fought a long battle to get Trump's tax records and has been subpoenaing documents and interviewing company executives and other Trump insiders. 

Trump did not respond to reporters' shouted questions about the New York case as he visited Texas on Wednesday, but earlier in the week, the Republican had blasted the prosecutors as 'rude, nasty, and totally biased' and said his company's actions were 'standard practice throughout the U.S. business community, and in no way a crime.' 

It marks the first criminal charges brought against the former president's firm since the DA's office began its investigation three years ago, according to the Wall Street Journal.   

The development will come as a deep blow to Trump, whose lawyers met with prosecutors on Monday in a last effort to deflect charges.

However, the DA's office has apparently failed to 'flip' Weisselberg, who was spotted driving from his home to Trump Tower on Tuesday.

That appears to be a clear indication that he remains loyal to Trump.   

The case involves unpaid taxes on benefits given to Weisselberg, including a company car and corporate apartment, according to a source quoted by Bloomberg News

It earlier emerged that perks included up to $500,000 in school fees paid for Weisselberg's two grandchildren to attend Columbia Grammar and Prep School in Manhattan.   

Longtime Trump Organization exec Allen Weisselberg drove to Trump Tower on Tuesday morning. He was charged with tax-related crimes on Wednesday

Longtime Trump Organization exec Allen Weisselberg drove to Trump Tower on Tuesday morning. He was charged with tax-related crimes on Wednesday

Former President Donald Trump leaves his New York Trump Tower building Tuesday afternoon - the day before his chief financial officer was charged

Former President Donald Trump leaves his New York Trump Tower building Tuesday afternoon - the day before his chief financial officer was charged

Allen Weisselberg's wife Hillary leaves their New York home and walks to a nearby market. She made no comment when asked about how she feels that her husband is likely to be indicted.

Allen Weisselberg's wife Hillary leaves their New York home and walks to a nearby market. She made no comment when asked about how she feels that her husband is likely to be indicted.


At the same time, CNN reported that investigators had begun looking at cash bonuses paid to staff as part of their probe into benefits, believed to include rent-free apartments and school tuition.   

Just how essential Weisselberg would be to prosecutors is a matter of debate – with high-stakes relevancy Trump.

On Tuesday, top House Democratic impeachment lawyer Daniel Goldman tweeted that Weisselberg's cooperation is vital to whether prosecutors are able to go after Trump himself.

'As I've been saying for a while, if Allen Weisselberg does not cooperate with the Manhattan DA's office — and all indications are that he has not and will not — that office will not be able to criminally charge Donald Trump for any of the conduct under investigation,' Goldman wrote.

That drew a retort from longtime Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who has met numerous times with prosecutors in New York amid the probe. 

'Wrong! They have documents to prove more than you know or should be commenting on. Weisselberg is not the key to a Trump indictment,' Cohen responded. 

Another former federal prosecutor in New York, Daniel Alonson, later tweeted his own view that that potential charges being publicly discussed might not be enough to ensure Weisselberg's cooperation.

Cohen also reacted Wednesday to the news of a looming potential indictment,  calling it a 'Bad day for Trump Organization' but a 'good day for The United States of America!'

'Evading taxes on fringe benefits is important to prosecute - but by itself isn't the type of earth-shaking charge that typically leads defendants to cooperate,' he wrote.'

Trump's former spokesman Jason Miller took to Twitter to ridicule the way the investigation had fallen far short of its intended target.

'This is politically terrible for the Democrats,' he wrote.

'They told their crazies and their supplicants in the mainstream media this was about President Trump. Instead, their Witch Hunt is persecuting an innocent 80 year-old man for maybe taking free parking!'

Trump's former spokesman Jason Miller ridiculed the case, saying Democrats had fallen far short of their intended target

Trump's former spokesman Jason Miller ridiculed the case, saying Democrats had fallen far short of their intended target

Trump's lawyers have shrugged off the threat, saying it would be highly unusual for the district attorney to target a company over employee compensation or fringe benefits.

They met with prosecutors on Monday in a final push to persuade prosecutors not to bring charges. 

But reports suggest prosecutors have spent months building a case against Weisselberg, a senior executive, in the hope that he might flip, and offer evidence against his boss.  

Photographs on Tuesday captured a man in a suit carrying a cardboard banker's box with '45 Office' written on the outside. That is the same phrase the former president attaches to his post-presidential statements from his taxpayer-funded post-presidential office. Perched atop the case was a tan briefcase with a combo lock.  

Longtime aide Dan Scavino was also pictured leaving Trump Tower

Longtime aide Dan Scavino was also pictured leaving Trump Tower

Trump's lawyer Ronald Fischetti said he thinks after speaking to prosecutors that no charges will be brought against the former president

Trump's lawyer Ronald Fischetti said he thinks after speaking to prosecutors that no charges will be brought against the former president

Weisselberg (c) helped run the Trump Organization along with Donald Trump Jr. (r) and Eric Trump when Donald Trump took the White House

Weisselberg (c) helped run the Trump Organization along with Donald Trump Jr. (r) and Eric Trump when Donald Trump took the White House


Trump himself was spotted exiting his Fifth Avenue building in the afternoon, departing after longtime aide Dan Scavino, who helps organize Trump's social media strategy and served as his golf caddie decades ago.  

Trump's attorney Fischetti says he doesn't expect charges to be brought against the former president after meeting New York prosecutors on Monday.  

Weisselberg helped run the company when Donald Trump took the White House. 

He has been identified as one of the principal figures with legal exposure after prosecutors combed through company finances and picked through unusual pay and benefit packages including up to $500,000 in prep school tuition for his grandchildren. 

His former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, told CNN Monday night she is willing to testify to a federal grand jury meeting in Manhattan. 

'We're prepared, and we are getting prepared,' she said. 

She was previously married to Weisselberg's son, Barry. She did not say whether prosecutors had requested her to testify, although she has handed over voluminous documents.  


DRIVER'S SEAT: His lawyers reportedly told prosecutors he would not cooperate in the investigation

DRIVER'S SEAT: His lawyers reportedly told prosecutors he would not cooperate in the investigation

After picking someone up, Weisselberg drove into a garage at Trump Tower

After picking someone up, Weisselberg drove into a garage at Trump Tower

During the meeting, senior officials with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York State Attorney General's Office 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 charges.

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

Meetings 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.  

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 despite 'millions of dollars of taxpayer funds wasted.'  

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.


'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. 

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.  

'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

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. 

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.

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

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. 

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

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

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