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Daniel R. Alonso quoted in NPR article, “Jury selection begins in the Trump organization tax evasion trial”


Daniel R. Alonso

The NPR article, “Jury selection begins in the Trump organization tax evasion trial,” examined the case involving the Trump organization which is accused of evading taxes by compensating employees through off-the-books benefits like luxury cars, apartments and private school tuition. In charging documents, the Manhattan district attorney’s office called the Trump organization’s alleged conduct, “a systematic ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud.” A co-defendant in the case is former longtime Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg, who pleaded guilty in August and is expected to testify as a witness in the trial. However, he is not a cooperating witness in the way prosecutors had once hoped with regards to — sharing evidence against Trump with investigators.

Alonso, the former chief assistant district attorney in Manhattan, noted that this is one of the strangest cases he’s ever seen and believes that questions about who benefits from Weisselberg’s arrangement could dog prosecutors. “The idea that, 'wait a minute, he's not going as far as maybe people thought he should, he’s not gonna implicate Donald Trump himself. Does that mean he is really not telling the truth?"

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