Manhattan DA's office says Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg can't just blame Michael Cohen to get his criminal charges dismissed

Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, watches as the then-U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking at a press conference in Trump Tower in Manhattan in 2016.
The Manhattan Attorney's Office asked a judge to ensure charges against the Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg are filed.
They said a resentment from Michael Cohen did not spur the investigation.
Prosecutors admitted that one of the 15 charges was filed too late.
Prosecutors at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office have asked a New York judge to dismiss arguments put forward by the Trump Organization and its CFO Allen Weisselberg in order to dismiss the pending charges against them.
In a 129-page court filing released Monday, they argue that the allegations by Weisselberg and the company fail legal scrutiny and misrepresent the role played by Michael Cohen, a former company executive and Donald Trump's personal attorney the investigation has played.
"This case is ordinary at its core," prosecutors wrote in the filing. "The indictment is based on criminal tax evasion that occurred in New York County and is of the type that this bureau regularly prosecutes."
Prosecutors brought the 15-count indictment against the grand jury in July, alleging that Weisselberg and the Trump Organization devised a scheme that allowed him to avoid taxes on $1.7 million in income.
The new filing offers the most comprehensive look yet into the Manhattan prosecutor's investigation into Trump's billion-dollar real estate and golf course deal.
But it only focuses on the alleged executive payroll system. For Weisselberg — the only Trump executive indicted — those income-tax-free payments allegedly included college tuition for his grandchildren, use of luxury Trump apartments and his and her Mercedes-Benzes for him and his wife over the course of more than 15 years, so the accusation.
The top charge, second-degree grand theft, alleges that Weisselberg has saved -- and thereby stolen -- $900,000 in federal income taxes since 2005 by confiscating a portion of his salary in the form of undeclared gifts. Charges range from zero prison sentences to 15 years in prison.
"Allen Weisselberg violated the fundamental tenet that all New Yorkers diligently report and tax their income," prosecutors wrote in the new filing, which was originally submitted to the court Friday but has not yet been released. "While such a self-certification is typically verified through an employer's tax return procedures, in this case the defendants have corrupted those procedures."
Prosecutors say a Bloomberg investigation, not Michael Cohen, prompted the charges
Lawyers for Weisselberg and the company moved in February to drop the charges. They argued that the case was a politically motivated "selective prosecution" and that they had been unduly spurred on by Cohen, who they say had a "vendetta" against Weisselberg. Cohen has harbored a grudge against Weisselberg since the CFO produced a grand jury testimony that prompted federal prosecutors to indict him in 2018 over an unrelated plot, they said.
Prosecutors' new response redacts Cohen's name as well as the name of Allen Weisselberg's former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, and maintains the practice of keeping grand jury evidence under wraps. However, both Cohen and Jennifer Weisselberg have previously told insiders that they have testified before grand juries on multiple occasions in the case, and their identities are clear in the new file despite the redactions.
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