Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg surrendered to prosecutors in NYC on Thursday (July 1) to face charges of alleged tax crimes. Weisselberg, who served as the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, along with the Organization itself was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on Wednesday (June 30).
According to CNN, the Donald Trump loyalist is set to be arraigned later on Thursday (July 1) though his attorneys said they plan to put up a fight in court. “Mr. Weisselberg intends to plead not guilty and he will fight these charges in court,” Weisselberg’s attorneys said. Weisselberg has been with the Trump Organization for 48 years.
The exact nature of the charges hasn’t been made clear, though they are reportedly related to tax fraud violations.
During his presidency, Trump was the subject of several inquiries on his business dealings. This indictment marks the first charges the Trump Organization faces.
A spokesperson for the Trump Organization said Weisselberg is “now being used by the Manhattan District Attorney as a pawn in a scorched earth attempt to harm the former President.”
“The District Attorney is bringing a criminal prosecution involving employees benefits that neither the IRS nor any other District Attorney would ever think of bringing. This is no justice; this is politics,” the statement continued.
Earlier this year, New York Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance joined their investigations into Trump and associated businesses.