Prosecutors Are Closing In On Trump By Seizing Key Evidence
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. isn’t playing around. On Thursday his office took possession of financial records from Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of Donald Trump’s long-time chief financial officer as part of its criminal investigation of the Trump Organization’s finances.
Jennifer Weisselberg was married to Barry Weisselberg – the son of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg – from 2004 to 2018. She has previously disclosed that she had seven boxes of financial records from both her ex-husband and his father, some of which were obtained through divorce litigation. Thursday morning, in response to a grand jury subpoena, she loaded three boxes and a laptop computer onto a valet cart and wheeled them from her building to a black Jeep with dark-tinted windows that was waiting at the curb.
The subpoena ordered her to produce all of the records she possesses for her ex-husband’s bank accounts and credit cards plus his statements of net worth and tax filings. Barry Weisselberg is a Trump Organization employee and manages an ice rink for the company in Manhattan’s Central Park. The subpoena asks specifically for records related to the Trump Organization and Wollman Rink.
“My knowledge of the documents and my voice connect the flow of money from various banks and from personal finances that bleed directly into the Trump Organization,” she said in an interview Thursday with the Washington Post. Investigators, she added, now have her ex-husband’s 2019 and 2020 statements of net worth, his tax returns and copies of Wollman Rink checks from private events that she claims were deposited incorrectly.
She has said previously that the documents that were in her possession showed transactions in bank accounts controlled by Barry and Allen Weisselberg jointly.
Vance (D) and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) — running parallel investigations — have inquired about whether Allen Weisselberg or his son received untaxed benefits from the Trump Organization. Jennifer Weisselberg has previously said, for example, that her family received free use of Trump Organization apartments in Manhattan. Tax experts say that, in some instances, free housing must be counted as “income” for tax purposes. Jennifer Weisselberg has said it was not in this case.