Prosecutors gave Trump Organization lawyers until Monday to convince them not to file criminal charges, report says

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  • Trump Organization lawyers have until Monday to dissuade prosecutors from bringing charges, WaPo reported.
  • On Thursday, Trump lawyers met with investigators and said criminal charges seemed likely.
  • Prosecutors have been examining whether the Trump Organization broke laws in its financial dealings.
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Lawyers for the Trump Organization have until Monday to convince prosecutors not to file criminal charges against it, sources told The Washington Post.

The Monday deadline comes days after The New York Times reported that the Manhattan district attorney’s office told lawyers for former President Donald Trump that his company could face criminal charges.

Trump’s lawyers met with Manhattan prosecutors Thursday to try and persuade them not to bring the charges. According to The Post, meetings like this are common in financial investigations and allow defense attorneys to present evidence before a decision is made on bringing charges.

Ron Fischetti, a lawyer for Trump, confirmed the meeting to NBC News, saying it “looks like they are going to come down with charges against the company, and that is completely outrageous.”

“The corporate office will plead not guilty and we will make an immediate motion to dismiss the case against the corporation,” Fischetti said.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James have spent more than two years looking into Trump’s company. Investigations have examined the Trump Organization’s financial dealings, including whether the company had manipulated the value of its assets for tax and loan advantages.

Prosecutors have also questioned witnesses about perks received by company leadership, possibly inquiring about whether the proper taxes were paid on them.

It’s not clear if prosecutors will bring charges against the Trump Organization, Trump himself, CFO Allen Weisselberg, or other executives.

Vance’s office convened a “special grand jury” last month to hear from witnesses, Insider’s Jacob Shamsian reported. Jurors will decide whether to bring criminal charges against Trump, the Trump Organization, or other executives.