says New York has now 'taken over' the 'witch hunt' against him and called the charges against longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg a 'disgrace' motivated by politics.
'The political Witch Hunt by the Radical Left Democrats, with New York now taking over the assignment, continues.
It is dividing our Country like never before!' he said in a statement after Weisselberg pleaded not guilty to charges that he failed to pay taxes for years on a company car, apartment and school fees for his grandchildren.
The investigation has cost millions of dollars but could yield just tens of thousands of dollars in back tax.
Trump also spoke with John Santucci in a phone interview and called Weisselberg a 'tremendous person'.
He repeatedly said it was a 'shame' and that he 'couldn't believe it'.
He also said New York prosecutors want Weisselberg to 'lie against Trump' and flip on the former president.
Weisselberg is accused of failing to pay tax on $1.76 million of perks since 2005, according to the 25-page indictment.
The Trump Organization was also charged in a 15-count indictment, that included charges of conspiracy, grand larceny, tax fraud and falsifying business accounts.
Assistant District Attorney Carey Dunne said: 'As spelled out in the indictment, this was a 15-year long tax fraud scheme.
'It was orchestrated by the most senior executives who were financially benefiting themselves and others.'
Donald Trump says New York has now 'taken over' the 'witch hunt' against him and called the charges against longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg a 'disgrace'
The indictment accused Weisselberg of failing to pay tax on two leased Mercedes-Benzes, a rent-free apartment, bonuses and about $360,000 in school fees paid for by the Trump Organization.
Weisselberg, dressed in dark suit and open-necked pale blue shirt, cut a diminished figure in a crowded New York Supreme Court.
He was frequently invisible behind black shirted court officers and spoke only to enter a plea of not guilty.
He was released on bail and will return to court on September 9.
The charges against the company and Weisselberg - whom Trump once praised as doing 'whatever was necessary to protect the bottom line' - were the first indictments delivered in a two-year investigation by the Manhattan district attorney's office.
Trump Organization lawyers believe they can strip out the school fees and some other items from the charges, possibly reducing the taxable amount to $800,000.
With a state income tax rate of about 10 percent, that means Weisselberg may face a tax bill of just $80,000.
But the real target may be creating enough leverage to persuade him to 'flip,' according to Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes related to his work as Trump's fixer.
'Weisselberg now knows what handcuffs feel like as well as being placed in a cell,' he told DailyMail.com.
'As the pressure by prosecutors increase on him and his sons, the smart money would be on Weisselberg cooperating for leniency.'
A loose pair of handcuffs, which would be used to secure him to an escort, can be seen behind Weisselberg's back as he is brought into court to hear 15 charges against him
Weisselberg pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. Former president Donald Trump's company and its long-serving chief financial officer were charged in the first indictments brought in a two-year investigation
Weisselberg was released on bail after surrendering his passport and is due to return to court on September 9.
The 25-page indictment lists 15 charges, including tax fraud and falsifying business records, related to company perks dating back to 2005.
Prosecutors accuse the company of conspiring to pay senior executives off the books
The charges could also complicate the Trump Organization's relationships with banks and partners, not to mention the political future of the former president.
'The political witch hunt by the radical left Democrats, with New York now taking over the assignment, continues,' he said in a statement. 'It is dividing our country like never before.'
His office emailed another statement later in the afternoon, linking the case more directly to the votes of his supporters.
He asked: 'Do people see the radical left prosecutors, and what they are trying to do to 75M+++ voters and patriots, for what it is?'
New York Attorney General Letitia James said the developments were an 'important marker' in the investigation of the Trump Organization.
'This investigation will continue, and we will follow the facts and the law wherever they may lead,' she said.
But Trump's son Eric blasted the investigation before the charges were unsealed, saying taxpayers' money had been wasted.
'It is an absolute abuse of power and a political vendetta,' he told DailyMail.com.
'They are petrified my father will run again in 2024.
'After five years, hundreds of subpoenas, three and a half million pages of documents, and dozens of witnesses, this is what they have?'
Trump Organization chief Allen Weisselberg surrendered this morning to the Manhattan district attorney's office as he faces a tax indictment due to be unsealed later today
Weisselberg walked into the side door of the Manhattan District Court at 6am on Thursday morning ahead of his first appearance in court
The case against Trump's trusted lieutenant - who began work for the Trump family in 1973 - could give New York prosecutors an opening to pressure him into cooperating and offering evidence about the former president's financial dealings.
But so far Trump has shrugged off the threat and Weisselberg is not believed to have flipped on his boss.
Insiders say he is like a member of the family and are confident he will not give evidence against his employer.
'He's a great guy, just one of the best,' said one.
'Comes in, does his job, has the same lunch every day and goes home to his wife.'
Another source said Trump viewed Weisselberg, two years his junior, like a brother.
The indictment follows months of increasing pressure after the Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, a Democrat, announced he was going to step down at the end of this 2021.
Vance fought a long battle to get Trump's tax records and has been subpoenaing documents and interviewing company executives and other Trump insiders.
Weisselberg (c), daftar sbobet88 the longtime CFO of the Trump Organization, is pictured with Donald Trump Jr.
(r) and and the former president. He will be charged related to the firm not paying taxes on employee benefits such as cars, apartments and cash bonuses
The Trump Organization released a statement saying Weisselberg was being used as a 'pawn' in an effort to harm the former president.
Perks given to employees are believed to be at the center of the investigation
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