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In Defiant Rally Speech Trump Seems to Confess Tax Allegations Brought Against Trump Organization

In Defiant Rally Speech Trump Seems to Confess Tax Allegations Brought Against Trump Organization
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Last week, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance charged the Trump Organization and its Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg, for a 15 year tax fraud scheme.

The indictment read:

"During the operation of the scheme, the defendants arranged for Weisselberg to receive indirect employee compensation from the Trump Organization in the approximate amount of $1.76 million ... in ways that enabled the corporate defendants to avoid reporting it to the tax authorities."

At a rally this past weekend in Sarasota, Florida, Trump acknowledged the charges against his organization and even appeared to admit to them.

Watch below.

Trump told supporters:

"[New York officials] go after good, hardworking people for not paying taxes on a company car. 'You didn't pay tax on the car or a company apartment! You used an apartment because you need an apartment cause you have to travel to far where your house is. You didn't pay tax.' Or education for your grandchildren, I don't even know."

In another interview, Trump's son—and a top executive at the Trump Organization, Donald Trump Jr., also appeared to acknowledge the legitimacy of the charges against Weisselberg.

Don Jr. told Fox News' Dan Bongino:

"They dressed up the indictment, obviously. They dress it up. They make it look very serious. They say he didn't pay taxes on $1.7 million over 16 years, that's, to New York state, 8% of that, $136,000. Half of that was because my father paid for his grandchildren's school in New York City, so you take that out. It amounts to about five grand a month."

People were pretty sure the former President confessed to the crimes.

Others think a greater strategy could be at play.

They didn't take kindly to Trump Jr.'s defense of Weisselberg either.

At this time, no member of the Trump family has been charged.