Former Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to perjury in civil fraud trial

Allen Weisselberg^ former CFO of Trump Organization leaves New York Criminal Court after pleading guilty on all charges. New York^ NY - August 18^ 2022:

Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg has pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury Monday in connection with testimony he gave during former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial.

The charges accuse Weisselberg of committing perjury in a deposition as well as in testimony in Trump’s civil fraud trial. Bragg’s office alleged Weisselberg lied in July of 2020 in claiming he only learned Trump’s triplex apartment had been dramatically overvalued after Forbes published an article detailing the issue, when in fact he had known about the overvaluation before then.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg recommended Weisselberg, 76, be sentenced to five months in jail after entering the plea, and agreed to his release before sentencing, scheduled for April 10. Bragg’s office also said that as part of the plea, Weisselberg admitted that he committed conduct underlying other instances of perjury.

In a statement Monday, a spokesperson for the district attorney said, “It is a crime to lie in depositions and at trial — plain and simple. Allen Weisselberg took an oath to be truthful, and then committed perjury both at depositions during the New York State Attorney General’s Investigation and Proceeding, as well as at their recent trial  Today, Allen Weisselberg is pleading guilty to this felony and being held responsible for his conduct.”

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung slammed Bragg in response to Weisselberg’s plea, alleging the Manhattan district attorney “committed repeated prosecutorial misconduct in his illegal, desperate pursuit of Mr. Trump that violated federal and state constitutions and Bragg’s ethical obligations.”  Cheung added that Bragg “has been on a crusade of vindictive and oppressive pressure leading, today, to a forced plea by Allen H. Weisselberg. These are corrupt, election interference persecution tactics ripped from the playbook of Joseph Stalin, which cannot be allowed in America.”

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