New York Prosecutors Up The Pressure On Trump Confidant
New York prosecutors in Manhattan have seriously dialed up the pressure on Donald Trump and his associates in their criminal investigation of his finances. Once Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. won his U.S. Supreme Court case and received the twice-impeached former president’s financial records he has been moving ahead full steam.
The New York Times today reports that Vance’s office now has subpoenaed the personal bank records of Trump’s long-time accountant, Allen Weisselberg, in an effort to compel him to cooperate in its investigation. The NYTimes reports that the focus of the inquiry is gifts that Weisselberg and his family received from Trump.
Weisselberg has not been accused of any wrongdoing. He has overseen the Trump Organization’s finances for decades and may hold the key to any possible criminal case in New York against the former president and his family business. The 73-year-old accountant began his career working for Trump’s father, Fred, and is believed to have been in charge of the former president’s finances for decades.
Vance is looking into whether Trump and the company falsely manipulated property values to obtain loans and tax benefits. In addition to Weisselberg’s financial records, prosecutors also have demanded more internal financial documents from two dozen properties controlled by the Trump Organization that it initially did not turn over to investigators. They are seeking ledgers that could provide insights into each property’s financial status that would inform prosecutors as to whether there were bank and/or tax filing irregularities.
Earlier this month it was revealed that Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law, Jennifer, is cooperating with the Manhattan DA’s office in its investigation of Trump and had met multiple times with them, in addition to having turned over numerous documents.