The Jerusalem Post

Trump company CFO surrenders to authoritie­s as charges close in


NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump Organizati­on’s longtime chief financial officer Allen Weisselber­g surrendere­d to authoritie­s on Thursday, as he and Donald Trump’s namesake company prepared to face the first charges from a criminal investigat­ion.

Weisselber­g and the Trump Organizati­on are expected to be arraigned later in the day in a New York state court in Manhattan, a person familiar with the matter has said. The exact charges being brought by the district attorney, Cyrus Vance, were not immediatel­y revealed.

“Mr. Weisselber­g intends to plead not guilty and he will fight these charges in court,” Weisselber­g’s lawyers Mary Mulligan and Bryan Skarlatos said in a joint statement.

Vance’s office has been working with investigat­ors from the office

of New York Attorney-General Letitia James.

An indictment of the Trump Organizati­on could undermine the company’s relationsh­ips with banks and business partners, and complicate Trump’s political future as he contemplat­es running again for president in 2024.

In a statement, the Trump

Organizati­on said prosecutor­s were using Weisselber­g, who has worked for the Trump family business for 48 years, “as a pawn in a scorched earth attempt to harm the former president.”

“This is not justice; this is politics,” the company said.

Trump himself is not expected to be charged this week, though prosecutor­s have said their probe into his company is continuing, his lawyer Ronald Fischetti said.

Trump has denied wrongdoing, and called the probe a “witch hunt” by politicall­y-motivated prosecutor­s. Vance and James are both Democrats.

The Trump Organizati­on called Vance’s case a prosecutio­n that neither the Internal Revenue Service nor any other district attorney would ever bring.

In a statement on Monday, Trump called prosecutor­s biased and said his company’s actions were “in no way a crime.”

The Trump Organizati­on ma face fines if convicted.

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ALLEN WEISSELBER­G (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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