A Manhattan grand jury filed criminal indictments on Wednesday against the Trump Organization and its longtime CFO, Allen Weisselberg, according to media reports.
The specific charges are not immediately clear and will be unsealed on Thursday, when Weisselberg is expected to surrender to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., according to the Washington Post.
Weisselberg’s attorney had no comment; a lawyer for the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Weisselberg has been the subject of media scrutiny for months as prosecutors sought to flip him to their side and gain his valuable insights into the Trump Organization as fodder for further indictments. Even Weisselberg’s own former daughter-in-law Jennifer Weisselberg predicted that he would cave under government pressure.
Jennifer cooperated with investigators, turning over “several boxes of documents” after a divorce from Barry Weisselberg, son of Allen and also a Trump Organization employee. These documents are also being used in an ongoing investigation into Trump’s finances, which kicked into full swing last year when decades of Trump’s tax returns were finally unsealed.
While the charges still remain sealed, the Associated Press reported prosecutors are expected to pin Weisselberg for accepting benefits from the company — including apartments, school tuition or cars — without properly paying taxes on them.
Trump’s attorney Ron Fischetti told Politico earlier this week he was told by Vance that charges won’t be filed against Trump himself just yet. “They just said, ‘When this indictment comes down, he won’t be charged. Our investigation is ongoing,’” Fischetti told Politico.
Other members of the Trump Organization are being examined by prosecutors — including Trump Organization chief operating officer Matthew Calamari and his son, Matthew Calamari Jr. The Calamaris are under investigation for accepting similar tax-free perks.
The Calamari’s attorney, Nicholas Gravante, told Insider that he didn’t expect his clients will be charged in the ongoing Trump Organization investigation. “Although the DA’s investigation obviously is ongoing, I do not expect charges to be filed against either of my clients at this time,” Gravante told Insider Wednesday.
“Although the DA’s investigation obviously is ongoing, I do not expect charges to be filed against either of my clients at this time,” Gravante said.
Trump himself has repeatedly dismissed the investigation as a political hit job, calling it a “witch hunt.”