Corrupt Manhattan prosecutor Cy Vance will not charge the Trump Organization with crimes related to payments of “secret money” and manipulation of the value of real estate, according to the former president’s personal attorney.
It was reported last week that New York prosecutors were considering filing charges against the Trump Organization amid claims that employees illegally “received tax-free benefits, such as apartments and car rentals.”
Trump’s attorney asked if Vance’s office would press additional charges and they said “no,” according to a Politico report.
Vance’s team said Trump will not be charged … for now, but the investigation is ongoing.
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The district attorney’s office told Trump’s attorney, Ronald Fischetti, that the charges for “illegal tax-free benefits” will come this week or next.
“It’s like Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing,” added Fischetti. “This is so small that I can’t believe I’m going to have to prove a case like this.”
According to Fischetti, members of Vance’s team said they were considering filing charges against the Trump Organization and its individual employees related to alleged failure to pay taxes on corporate benefits and advantages. Those benefits have been widely reported to include cars and apartments and appear to only involve a small number of executives.
“We asked, ‘Is there something else?’” Fischetti told POLITICO. “They said no. ‘”
“It’s crazy that that’s all they had,” he added.
When asked if the meeting touched on allegations made by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and adult film star and director Stormy Daniels, Fischetti responded: “Nothing. Not a word about that. “
Fischetti also said that Vance’s team told him that they will not press charges against Trump himself when the first indictment is filed.
“They just said, ‘When this charge is brought, you will not be charged. Our investigation is ongoing, ‘”he said.