Trump “Fixer” Cohen Sings Sixth Encore For Manhattan DA
When you’re a performer, getting a curtain call request is the ultimate praise. When you’re a witness for the prosecution, being asked to testify for a seventh time is a sign investigators are closing in on their target.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, said he was sitting for yet another interview with the Manhattan district attorney’s office that is pursuing a criminal investigation of the former president’s finances. In a brief interview with the Reuters news service outside his New York home, Cohen confirmed his virtual testimony.
While Cohen would not confirm what it was he was expected to discuss in the interview with the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., there’s every indication their conversation could center around the tax and other financial records Vance’s office recently has received after the Supreme Court denied Trump’s last-ditch effort to keep them out of the hands of New York prosecutors.
Both Vance and New York Attorney General Letitia James are looking into claims made by Cohen in Congressional testimony that Trump would inflate the value of his real estate holdings when seeking financing and then minimize the value of the same properties for tax purposes to reduce his payments.
Since receiving the millions of pages of documents from Trump’s long-time accounting firm Mazars USA LLP, investigators have focused on several transactions. One is the massive tax write-off Trump took on the value of his Seven Springs estate in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. Also under close examination is a debt relief write-down Trump took on his 92-story multi-use skyscraper in Chicago.