Closing arguments in the Trump Organization tax fraud trial got off to a rocky start Thursday after a company lawyer was caught showing the jury stretches of testimony that the judge had thrown out. Prosecutors objected to the demonstration after attorney Susan Necheles spent an hour in her argument. Judge Juan Manuel Merchen reprimanded Nechels and halted arguments to remove other exculpatory testimony from a slide show he had shown the jury.
Nechels stated that he did not intend to show the exculpatory testimony as a result of the objection being upheld by the judge. Mechan stated that the objections were to the exclusion of portions presented by Nechels himself, but not the disputed testimony.
Trump Org lawyer, Susan Nechels is in the first place.
“We are here today for one reason and one reason only: Alan Wesselberg’s greed.”
The strategy here is to make it look like the CFO and company controller did this on their own, and that Trump was innocent.
— Jose Paglieri (@Jose_Pagliery) December 1, 2022
After an interval of half an hour, the National Assembly resumed its debate. Merchan spoke briefly to the jury about the problem with the transcripts and Nechels proceeded to show the correct version with the previous Maia Pulpa saying: “Ladies and gentlemen, I apologize for that error.”
The Trump Organization, the entity through which former President Donald Trump manages his real estate and other interests, is accused of helping some top managers avoid taxes on company-paid benefits, such as apartments and luxury cars .
The tax fraud case is the only trial stemming from a three-year investigation by New York prosecutors into Trump and his business practices. Alan Weissenberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has admitted that he devised the scheme for his account and did so to save money from taxes on his personal income, and that neither Trump nor his family knew about it. .