Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump real-estate organization, freely presented himself at the office of Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. before pleading not guilty during his arraignment later Thursday. The indictment charged the CFO with violating state tax laws. It is unclear whether Vance plans to put pressure on executives hoping they will sing. However, there is nothing for them to snitch about.
In the greater scheme of things, the charges appear to be puny. Essentially, they amount to failing to pay taxes on corporate perks — cars, apartments, and private-school tuition for executives’ children, according to the Wall Street Journal. If that’s all prosecutors have, then they have nothing. Donald Trump is not being charged, nor are his adult children, the business’s top executives.
The Trump Organization, though, also has been indicted. Ordinarily, prosecutors shy away from charging a business. A company, after all, is just a legal form, not a person. Prosecuting the form rather than narrowly targeting people who have committed provable crimes only serves to punish innocent employees, who will lose their livelihoods if the indictment fatally destroys the business. But we are dealing not with norms but with Trump Rules fashioned by Democrats for their nemesis. If the DA can’t get Trump, he wants to say he slew the organization that bears his name.
The exercise has the distinctly foul odor of selective prosecution.
We are in a moment when violent crime is skyrocketing. Still, Empire State prosecutors are averting their eyes: declining to prosecute radical-left rioters and allowing gangbangers to prey on urban communities under non-enforcement, anti-police policies championed by Democrats. Somehow, though, Vance’s office has time to scorch the earth in hopes of finding something, anything, to pin on Donald Trump. SOURCE: National Review