NEW YORK– President Donald Trump on Thursday issued statement in response to Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg’s arraignment on charges that Weisselberg allegedly engaged in a tax fraud scheme by receiving $1.7 million in illegally received tax-free perks.
Calling Weisselberg’s arrest as a “politically motivated witch hunt” Trump slammed prosecutors who he referred to as “radicals.”
“Radical Left New York City and State Prosecutors, who have let murderers, rapists, drug dealers, and all other forms of crime skyrocket to record levels, and who have just announced that they will be releasing hundreds of people involved in violent crime back onto the streets without retribution of any kind, are rude, nasty, and totally biased in the way they are treating lawyers, representatives, and some of the wonderful long-term employees and people within the Trump Organization,” Trump stated.
After hundreds of subpoenas, over 3 million pages of documents, 4 years of searching, dozens and dozens of interviews, and millions of dollars of taxpayer funds wasted, they continue to be “in search of a crime” and will do anything to frighten people into making up the stories or lies that they want, but have been totally unable to get,” the statement continued. ” In an unprecedented move, they retained an outside “Never Trumper” lawyer from a Trump-hating law firm to work on the case. It is a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt of all time.”
“I’ve been practicing for over 50 years, and I’ve never seen a case like this,” Trump lawyer Ron Fischetti said of Weisselberg’s arrest.
In the indictment, which was filed Wednesday and released Thursday, prosecutors allege Weisselberg unlawfully obtained use of apartments and cars in his official capacity as CFO for the Trump Organization.
The judge ordered Weisselberg released without bail and ordered Weisselberg to surrender his passport.