Politics Trump Org's Weisselberg facing additional legal problems if he delivered 'a loss to the prosecutors': report
Key allegations, witnesses as Trump Org. trial winds down
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s inaugural address clocked in at just 16 minutes. Closing arguments that are slated for Thursday in his company’s criminal tax fraud case? Prosecutors and defense lawyers say those could take seven hours or more. Those projections speak to the complexity of the case, which stems from longtime Trump Organization finance chief Allen Weisselberg's 15-year scheme to avoid taxes on company-paid perks including an apartment and luxury cars.
Political and legal observers are anxiously awaiting a verdict in the tax fraud case brought against the Trump Organization for felony tax fraud, but it is likely no one is more worried about the outcome thanwho is already looking at jail time after a plea bargain.
According to a report from the New York Times' Jonathan Bromwich and Lola Fadulu, the 12 jurors who hold the fate of Donald Trump's signature company in their hands began deliberations on Monday afternoon and have already made one appearance to ask for a clarification from Judge Juan Merchan.
Prosecutors in Trump Organization fraud trial claim Trump knew 'what was going on'
Former President Trump "knew exactly what was going on," a prosecutor claimed during closing statements in the tax fraud trial of Trump's namesake real estate company. Your browser does not support this video Two entities of the Trump Organization -- the Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation -- are on trial for paying the personal expenses of some executives without reporting them as income and for compensating them as independent contractors instead of full-time employees.
As the Times reported, the jurors asked the judge to "repeat his specific instructions on one of the 17 counts the Trump Organization faces. Otherwise, they have been meeting in private, leaving the 15th-floor courtroom at State Supreme Court in Manhattan in a mood of anticipation that hardly dulled as the day wore on."
That "anticipation" is shared by Weisselberg who could see his legal fate impacted if prosecutors feel he didn't cometh through for them during his testimony.
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As the Times is reporting, Donald Trump's chief financial guru is at risk of additional jail time or possibly new criminal charges depending on how the Manhattan district attorney's office views the verdict when it comes in.
DA in Trump Org closings accuses Donald Trump of 'sanctioning tax fraud' — and implies 1 witness was paid off
A Trump Org. prosecutor said his own star-witness was encouraged to "shade the truth" by his big Trump salary and potential for a $500,000 bonus."Mr. Trump is explicitly sanctioning tax fraud — that's what this document shows," Joshua Steinglass, one of two lead prosecutors, told jurors, going further in fiery closing arguments than the district attorney's office has ever publically gone toward implicating the former president in a crime.
According to the report, "Mr. Weisselberg himself will either see his testimony convict the company that he spent most of his adult life working at, or his account could deliver a loss to the prosecutors — who could then still investigate him for other crimes or, if they decide that he did not stick to the conditions of his plea deal, request that he serve more time behind bars for the ones to which he has already pleaded guilty."
The report added the former president is likely awaiting the verdict to find out "... whether the company that served as his launching pad to the presidency will be branded as a felon."
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