Donald Trump's namesake company and longtime financial chief pleaded not guilty on Thursday to criminal charges in a sweeping indictment, arising from a probe into the former U.S. president's company and its business practices.
Donald Trump's longtime chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg and lawyers for the former U.S. president's company walked out of Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday after pleading not guilty to what New York prosecutors called "a sweeping and audacious illegal payment scheme." NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL LETITIA JAMES: "The indictment speaks for itself." The Trump Organization and Weisselberg were charged with 15 criminal counts, including tax fraud and falsifying business records, in an alleged scheme that stretches back to 2005 to defraud federal, state and local tax authorities by awarding "off the books" benefits to company executives to avoid paying taxes.
TRUMP LAWYER ALAN FUTERFAS: "We're certainly hopeful that there will not be significant effects." Lawyers for the Trump Organization told reporters that the company was "very optimistic" the indictment would not significantly hurt the former president's business, and claimed repeatedly that the still-ongoing investigation was politically motivated.
FUTERFAS: "If the name of this company was something else, I don't think these charges would have been brought." Prosecutors said at Thursday's arraignment that the alleged scheme "was orchestrated by the most senior executives who were financially benefiting themselves and the company." According to the indictment, Weisselberg, who has worked for Trump for 48 years, allegedly concealed more than $1.7 million in income including rent for a Manhattan apartment, lease payments for two Mercedes Benz vehicles and tuition for family members.
While Trump himself was not charged, the case could complicate what appears to be a likely 2024 White House run.
The former president, who has denied wrongdoing, said in a statement: "The political Witch Hunt by the Radical LeftDemocrats, with New York now taking over the assignment, continues.
It is dividing our Country like never before!" Trump also faces at least 17 other investigations and lawsuits, including a criminal probe into whether Trump tried to improperly influence Georgia election officials in last year's vote.
Anthony Scaramucci says Trump’s only remaining strategy is to “propel that rage and anger and try to split the society to see if he could have a tribal leadership win.” On a mission to get Trump out of office, Scaramucci said “all he’s got to do is keep talking, because the more he keeps talking, the more ads can be clipped to explain what he’s doing.”
Faced with mounting legal pressures and demands for his departure from President Joe Biden and others, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned on Tuesday following an inquiry that found he sexually harassed 11 women, capping a startling downfall for one of the most prominent politicians in the United States. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.
The Marist survey comes a day after an independent investigation found that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of state and federal law. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
CNN political commentator SE Cupp weighs in on a report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James that accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) of sexually harassing 11 women and creating a hostile work environment.
Humanity needs to “grow up” and deal with the issue of climate change, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. CNN’s Nina dos Santos reports.
British tennis fans who witnessed Emma Raducanu’s stunning straight-set US Open victory in New York have celebrated the “phenomenal” performance, with one saying it was “an honour” to watch.
Another remarked: “As a British person, we don’t see a lot of our people win. This was amazing”. Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
New York's incoming governor Kathy Hochul, during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" program Sunday, said masks for kids in schools were "something that I believe has to occur" for the safety of children, teachers, school administrators and the wider community. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
Capitol Hill negotiations come to a head this week on several major pieces of legislation – and the fate of President Joe Biden’s entire domestic agenda is riding on them. In the latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how getting infrastructure and budget bills passed is an absolute must for Democrats leading into 2022 midterm election season.
At a rally in Florida, former President Donald Trump condemned the investigation and charges brought against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, who was charged..