Former President Trump condemned the fraud and conspiracy charges filed against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, on Saturday during a rally.
Trump accused New York City prosecutors of “prosecutorial misconduct” during a rally in Sarasota, Florida and said: “They’ve mobilized every power of government to come after me, my family, my wonderful employees and my company solely because of politics.”
“It’s a terrible, terrible thing,” he told a crowd of supporters gathered at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, The Hill reports.
According to an indictment unsealed Thursday, The Hill reports that prosecutors allege that Weisselberg helped himself and “other Trump Organization executives” gain access to unreported income and that the company had been paying for his Manhattan apartment rent, living expenses, a relative’s private school tuition and the lease on a Mercedes.
Prosecutors also say that the CFO had avoided paying taxes on roughly $1.7 million in income between 2005 and 2017.
Weisselberg has pleaded not guilty to the charges — including tax fraud, conspiracy, grand larceny and falsifying business records — and he and the Trump Organization have denied any wrongdoing.
“It is dividing our Country like never before!” the former president said.
In a Thursday phone interview with ABC News’s John Santucci, Trump called the charges a “disgrace,” accusing prosecutors of pressuring Weisselberg to turn against him, saying, “They want him to lie against Trump,” The Hill reports.
The former president hinted at the possibility of running again in 2024 as well.
“We are looking at the election, more than looking at it,” Trump said Saturday, which prompted cheers.