• Chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg and company charged
  • Charges mark new chapter in long-running Trump investigation

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In the face of increasing legal scrutiny on his company, Donald Trump has remained defiant, attacking the New York investigation as politically motivated.

“Do people see the Radical Left prosecutors, and what they are trying to do to 75M+++ Voters and Patriots, for what it is?” Trump said in a statement yesterday.

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On the surface, the charges against Allen Weisselberg did seem like “smaller fish”. In an interview with Politico, Donald Trump’s lawyer Ronald Fischetti said: “It’s like the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing. This is so small that I can’t believe I’m going to have to try a case like this.”

But surfaces can be deceptive.

Related: Trump exposed as prosecutors make first move in high-stakes chess game

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Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.

Manhattan prosecutors filed tax crime charges against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, yesterday.

In the next phase of the broader investigation into Mr. Trump and his company, the prosecutors are expected to continue scrutinizing whether the Trump Organization manipulated property values to obtain loans and tax benefits, among other potential financial crimes, according to people familiar with the matter.

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