According to Susanne Craig of The New York Times, the idea that only Trump Organization CFO Allen Wiesselberg benefited from crimes the company was recently charged with is ridiculous and the recent convictions of the company will help prove that Trump and his family are also in deep trouble, according to the report. Craig noted that the fine that the former President’s company will be forced to pay in the New York case is not tax-deductible, after the recent 17 guilty verdicts handed down in the case.
Allen Weissmann, Former FBI general counsel and NYU law school professor, explained that the charges specifically focused on the company and not Donald Trump himself and that New York DA did not pursue Trump as an individual despite him heading the company:
“But there is a big ‘however,’ which is that, in the proof at trial, as the government said in its summation, included proof that Donald Trump knew of this wide-ranging, as you said, 15-year conspiracy, that was ongoing in the two Trump Organizations. And, frankly, the idea that it would have been ongoing for 15 years in a small company and it was happening behind his back, when his own company and he were benefitting from it which seems, you know, laughable. I think that’s part of the reason that the jury came back, you know, so quickly here.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a statement:
“We can have no tolerance for individuals or organizations that violate our laws to line their pockets. I commend Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his team for their successful prosecution of the Trump Organization, and I was proud to assist in this important case. This verdict sends a clear message that no one, and no organization, is above our laws.”
Legal commentator Bradley Moss noted, “You know who doesn’t have a corporation named after him that was convicted of tax fraud? Joe Biden.”
Weisselberg scored the benefits of the fraud, but so did Trump and his children, and these guilty charges will likely pave the way for them to see their day in court as well.