Trump Organization’s outside accountant testifies he ‘would have had a heart attack’ if he’d seen the ‘secret’ Christmas bonus lists

Former President Donald Trump, left, and the exterior of Trump Tower, where the Trump Organization is headquartered.
The first defense witness in the Trump Org. tax-fraud trial is outside accountant Donald Bender.
He testified Tuesday he “would have had a heart attack” if he’d seen how the company paid X-mas bonuses.
Executives got bonuses in piecemeal checks signed by Trump, in what the DA says was a tax-dodge. 

A longtime outside accountant for the Trump Organization testified at its tax-fraud trial on Tuesday that he would have been more than shocked if he’d seen the company’s annual “secret” lists of Christmas bonus payments.

“I probably would have had a heart attack,” Donald Bender, who did the company taxes for 35 years, told a Manhattan jury on Tuesday.

For years, former President Donald Trump personally signed stacks of bonus checks that were then stuffed into the holiday cards of favored company executives, jurors have already heard in the trial.

But the yearly executive…

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