Donald Trump: tax evasion prosecutors want to ruin me
Donald Trump condemned New York prosecutors for laying charges against his namesake company and longtime financial adviser, using a campaign-style rally to voice a multitude of grievances.
“This is really called Crown misconduct. It’s a terrible, terrible thing, ”Trump told thousands of supporters outside in Sarasota, Fla. On Saturday.
The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to what a New York prosecutor called “bold and comprehensive” tax evasion, resulting from an investigation into Trump’s affairs and practices.
Weisselberg and other executives have been accused of receiving perks and perks such as rent-free apartments and rented cars, without properly reporting them on their tax returns.
The outcome of investigations and other lawsuits against Trump could impact his decision to run for president in 2024.
“They mobilized all the powers of government to come after me, my family, my wonderful employees and my company just because of politics,” Trump told the crowd, citing his favorite image of “state agents” deep “working to bring down a maverick.
The rally was billed as a July 4 celebration with fireworks, the latest in a series of appearances as the former president tries to keep Republicans’ attention on him.
Trump used his speech to denounce the policies of his successor, Democratic President Joe Biden, and reiterate his claim that he lost the 2020 election due to fraud.
Trump has lingered extensively on Biden’s policies along the U.S. border with Mexico and the rise in crime, two issues Republicans hope to use to their advantage in the 2022 midterm election.
Trump’s image took a hit after the deadly Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.
But 53% of Republicans believe Trump won last year’s election and attribute his loss to illegal voting, and a quarter of the general public agreed Trump won, according to a Reuters / Ipsos poll from 17-18. May 19.
Trump, 75, raised the possibility of running for president again in 2024. “We’re watching the election, more than watching it,” Trump said, eliciting cheers from the Sarasota crowd.