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Prosecution against Trump Organization rests early, signaling trial could end soon

Donald Bender, left, a former accountant for Donald Trump, arrives at Manhattan criminal court, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in New York. Prosecutors in the Trump Organization’s criminal tax fraud trial rested their case Monday earlier than expected, pinning hopes for convicting Donald Trump’s company largely on the word of two top executives who cut deals before testifying they schemed to avoid taxes on company-paid perks. (AP Photo/Michael Sisak) Michael Sisak/AP

Prosecution against Trump Organization rests early, signaling trial could end soon

Brady Knox

November 21, 10:06 PM November 21, 10:06 PM

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The prosecution in the Trump Organization trial rested its case early, signaling a likely much speedier conclusion than expected.

Experts had predicted the trial, which concerned alleged tax fraud committed by the Trump Organization, would last well into December, the New York Times reported. However, in a sign of confidence, the prosecution declined to bring a star witness to the stand, apparently finding further testimony unnecessary.

FORMER TRUMP CFO ALLEN WEISSELBERG TESTIFIES THAT HE GOT RAISE AFTER TRUMP CHILDREN DISCOVERED TAX SCHEME

The Trump Organization’s former chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, admitted to participating in a tax fraud scheme while in his position, but he claimed he only did it for himself and not on behalf of the company. Despite the latter claim, the prosecution appeared to find the qualified admission sufficient for its case. He also claimed not to have conspired with any Trump relative.

The Trump Organization has been charged with 17 counts of tax fraud, conspiracy, scheme to defraud, and falsification of business records, the report said.

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As part of a deal with the district attorney, Weisselberg has pleaded guilty to 15 felonies.

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