Donald Trump’s attorneys have a deadline of Monday afternoon to make their most compelling arguments to New York prosecutors to try to convince them not to hit the Trump Organization with criminal charges for its financial dealings, according to a report in The Washington Post.
Just last Thursday Trump’s personal lawyers and for the Trump Organization held a virtual meeting with prosecutors to plead their case that criminal charges are not warranted. News of today’s deadline is the strongest signal yet that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (D) and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) believe they have amassed significant evidence against the company. The two have spent more than two years each investigating Trump’s business but now are working together.
The probes initially focused on the Trump Organization’s representations to insurance companies about the value of various real estate assets and the role its employees – including Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg – may have played in hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Recently, however, there’s been an intense focus on Weisselberg as investigators looked into any tax laws were violated in connection with the tens of thousands of dollars in private school tuition payments for one of Weisselberg’s grandchildren made by Trump’s company, as well as many more thousands of dollars in payments for apartment rent and car leases to other executives.
Ronald Fischetti, an attorney for Trump, said Friday that prosecutors are pressuring the company because Weisselberg wasn’t “cooperating and saying what they want him to say” about the payments. Weisselberg has been a top official of the company for decades.