Prosecutors in Manhattan are expected to unveil criminal charges against former U.S. President Donald Trump’s namesake company and its chief financial officer on Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The charges, which were filed on Wednesday but remained sealed, are the first to arise from a nearly three-year probe by New York prosecutors of Trump and his business dealings.
Trump himself is not expected to be charged this week, his lawyer has told Reuters, though he said prosecutors had told him their investigation was continuing. But blowback from the case could complicate Trump’s political future as he considers a possible 2024 White House run.
The charges are expected to focus on whether the Trump Organization’s CFO Allen Weisselberg and other executives received perks and benefits such as rent-free apartments and leased cars without reporting them properly on their tax returns, people familiar with the probe have said. They stem from the investigation into the company’s business dealings by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.