Social media erupted today after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Manhattan district attorney’s office plans to charge the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg, its chief financial officer, with tax-related crimes as soon as tomorrow.
Donald Trump’s company has been under a criminal tax investigation by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. for months now as prosecutors delved into whether the Trump Organization properly accounted for and paid taxes on fringe benefits given to Weisselberg and his family as well as other of the company’s executives.
With evidence already having been presented to a grand jury, sources told The Wall Street Journal that Weiselberg and other defendants are expected to appear in court on Thursday to face the first charges to be lodged against the former president’s business venture since he left office.
Since, as far as anyone knows, the prosecutorial pressure on Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg has not yet convinced him to cooperate with the investigation and provide incriminating evidence against his boss and patron Donald Trump and the other members of the Trump family, neither Donald, Don Jr, Ivanka, nor Eric Trump are expected to be charged at this time.
The political mavens on social media responded to the first evidence that accountability may finally be arriving on the shores of the Trump Organization’s cesspool of tax malfeasance with both a giddy sense of expectation and disappointment that the CEO of the company was not yet expected to be indicted quite yet.
Why anyone in the family thought daddy running for President was a good idea has been beyond me for some time. The Corporate backstory was so messy but it was surviving and the family could of just kept playing the rich people game
— jmarcille (@johnmarcille) June 30, 2021
“I’m not a crook. I just run a crooked organization.” 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/FO3muclF1I
— BreviLOCAcious 💉😷🥑 (@KSfirefly24) June 30, 2021
When are they going to charge DJT as an individual?
— JMP183 (@JMP_183) June 30, 2021
…. ordered a new couch… 😏
— Carl’s Lexicon (@Carls_Lexicon) June 30, 2021
I remember years ago when Helmsley was convicted and was in prison. And she said “We don’t pay taxes; only little people pay taxes.” I think the former guys has the same belief. He said anyone who pays taxes is stupid.
— 댜ㅣㄷ두 ㅅ무 (@eil_smile) June 30, 2021
— MissRandiB✝️ (@MissRandiB) June 30, 2021
With the charges expected tomorrow, the public will get the first opportunity to see the strength of the charges against Weisselberg. While the Trump Organization CFO has so far resisted the temptation to turn state’s witness and provide incriminating evidence against Donald Trump and his children, there is still a chance that an ironclad case and a looming prison sentence may provide the final impetus to turn against his long-time boss.
Stay tuned tomorrow to see the fireworks begin.
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