The Trump Organization is expected to be hit with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as soon as next week, it has been reported.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance says the charges are tax-related conduct.
“It looks like they are going to come down with charges against the company, and that is completely outrageous,” said Ron Fischetti, an attorney for the Trumps in a statement after the news was first reported by The New York Times.
Vance’s office did not comment on the matter.
According to The Times report, Allen Weisselberg, the company’s CFO, is also facing charges.
When Donald Trump was elected president, he appointed Weisselberg to run the company’s day-to-day operations along with his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
“The corporate office will plead not guilty and we will make an immediate motion to dismiss the case against the corporation,” Fischetti said. “Mr. Trump is outraged that they are still going after him by going after his company where he has loyal employees for decades.”
Fischetti confirmed that he and other Trump lawyers in Vance’s office on Thursday to try and sway them not to move forward with criminal charges.
The allegations include the Trump Organization illegally manipulated the stated value of real estate assets to receive more favorable terms on insurance and loans. Prosecutors are investigating whether taxes were paid on those benefits to Weisselberg and other executives at the Trump Organization for items that include apartments and school tuition.
The news comes as Trump gets ready to make his return to the campaign trail. He is scheduled to hold a “Make America Great” rally in Ohio on Saturday. He is expected to launch an attack against Democrats and Republicans who oppose him in an effort to get back into the political arena.
Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a “witch hunt”.