NY Federal Prosecutors Seek Interviews with Trump Organization Executives
Criminal investigations by the Manhattan US Attorney’s office appear to be progressing ever nearer to President Donald Trump now that federal prosecutors have requested interviews in recent weeks with executives at the Trump Organization.
Although sources who spoke to CNN could not reveal what prosecutors have sought in their interviews with executives, there are at least two investigations which, the president’s own counsel fears, could pose a greater threat to the presidency than the counterintelligence investigation spearheaded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The first one––and possibly the one most people are familiar with––is the investigation into whether Trump Organization executives committed campaign finance violations while seeking to reimburse Trump’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen for hush money payments he made to several women, including adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. The Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Alan Weisselberg, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors in exchange for information related to Cohen’s dealings.
The second investigation revolves around the Trump inaugural committee and possible financial abuses related to the money––to the tune of $100 million––raised for Trump’s inauguration. Prosecutors this week issued a subpoena to the committee which discloses that prosecutors “are investigating an array of potential crimes, including conspiracy against the US, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, inaugural committee disclosure violations, and violations of laws prohibiting contributions by foreign nations and contributions in the name of another person, also known as straw donors.”
While a spokesperson for the Trump Organization signaled that the organization would cooperate with the subpoena, the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani has insisted that Trump “had little to no involvement in the inaugural committee.”
The news of developments within the Manhattan US Attorney’s office’s investigation comes just as a newly uncovered cache of internal Trump Organization documents shows that contrary to Trump’s own statements on the matter, plans for the Trump Moscow, a luxury real estate venture he claimed had never materialized, were, in fact, devised and that “the effort to get the tower built was long-running, detail-oriented and directly entwined with the ups and downs of his campaign,” according to a breaking report from Buzzfeed News.