For months, some of Donald Trump’s senior advisers assured him that the tax investigation by the prosecutors in the Manhattan District had little to worry about him, and they thought it was just “fishing” to obtain information. However, the investigators of the Development Agenda Office have been conducting criminal investigations of Trump’s business empire, asking questions and recruiting witnesses in the last few days, not only involving Trump, but especially his eldest son Don Xiaohe Alan Wesselberg, “The Former Beast” is one of the most trusted officers of the former president.
The latest round of attention to the activities of Trump Jr. and Wesselberg and other new developments underscores the resources and seriousness of the New York prosecutor’s commitment to the investigation, just as Trump continues to publicly condemn the investigation as another Democratic Party Take him as the example.
For many years, Wesselberg has been faithfully serving as the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization and has been the head of independent investigations outside of the team of the Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. (However, Vance’s special interest in Wesselberg dates back to 201
During his father’s government tenure, Trump Jr. became MAGA’s chief spokesperson and candidate, and also served as executive vice president of the Trump Organization. Together with his brother Eric Trump ( Eric Trump) lead the business together. According to his company resume, Trump Jr. participated in “deal evaluation” [and] Analysis” and leasing operations. Trump Jr. also supervised the organization’s international exchanges. Because his father was promoted to president, the organization’s growth was somewhat hindered.
However, during the four-year term, the then President Trump continued to earn millions of dollars from foreign companies’ entanglement. His income came from licensing agreements and buildings in various countries around the world.And according to Forbes, Trump’s two sons also “have released the president’s $118 million in real estate since he took office in January 2017, and deals have been concluded from New York City and Los Angeles to Charleston, South Carolina and the Dominican Republic.”
Trump Jr.’s prominent role in the Trump Organization has also attracted attention from another jurisdiction. Earlier last year, the Washington, DC Attorney General sued the Trump Inaugural Committee and the Trump Organization, accusing them of abusing more than $1 million in fundraising funds when the committee “severely overpaid.”[ed]”It was when booking part of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC during the 2017 inauguration. Last month, a spokesperson for the Washington, DC Attorney General stated that the office had notified Trump Jr. as part of the ongoing investigation. In part, the company tried to interview him.
“He has been asked several times [in recent weeks], As I think he has believed, I have told him that this is very important politically.“
In a separate investigation of Trump and his company, the Manhattan prosecutor also expanded the scope of the investigation of Trump’s family assets and recruited some additional personnel. Thursday, New York Times According to reports, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has hired the famous former federal prosecutor Mark Pomerantz (Mark Pomerantz) to assist it in its investigation of Trump and his real estate company.according to Wall Street Journal, Prosecutors are now studying Trump’s loans on multiple buildings, including the title of the former president and the brand name of the former reality TV star, Trump Tower in Manhattan.
A spokesperson for Vance declined to comment on the matter. Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Trump, also refused. Representatives of the Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment. As of press time, Wesselberg did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump hopes to continue to show a legally invincible atmosphere, winning in the Mueller investigation, two Senate impeachment trials, various other investigations, and serious allegations of misconduct or misconduct ( In his opinion) misconduct. In recent days, when he casually monitored the news of the New York criminal investigation, the former president was ridiculous. According to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, Trump said that one of the reasons he believed the investigation was just “nonsense” was that it “relied on” his former legitimate Pete Cohen Cohen and others.
It is true that Cohen has been interviewed many times by investigators, but the scale of the investigation in New York far exceeds the slogans of Trump’s permanent experts and private lawyers. In November, Vance issued a subpoena to the Trump Organization to obtain records related to consulting fees, including records that may have been paid to Ivanka Trump, who last year Served as a senior official in the White House last year.
At the same time, according to two people who talked to Trump, some of former President Trump’s closest advisers also reassure him for several weeks. He has nothing to worry about, and New York investigators will not find anything to disappoint him. s things.The former president” he was asked several times [in recent weeks]I told him that, as I think he already believed, this is very important politically,” said one of the people.
Nevertheless, the fact that most of Trump’s current president may be swallowed up by different investigations and lawsuits still haunts the 45th president of the United States. A person who was discussing this with Trump said that Trump is no longer a beneficiary of the major legal privileges enjoyed by the current president, and privately fears that his enemies will detect or “sue me for life.” The past few weeks.
Investigators in the Vance office usually remain silent on the scope of criminal investigations. But for almost half of Trump’s presidency, the office has been studying potential tax and insurance fraud, possible forgery of business documents, and covert actions. According to reports, one of the focal points of the District Attorney’s investigation is whether Trump’s businesses deliberately fabricated the value of their property to lock in loans and tax relief. In recent years, Trump, his government and his lawyers, Vance’s team and Democratic lawmakers have been deadlocked in court whether they could provide the then president’s tax returns to investigators.
Ironically, a few years ago, Vance was charged with criminal investigations of Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump on the grounds that he allegedly misled potential purchasers of his Trump Soho apartment.
But this week, Trump’s staff suffered a major blow, and it was reported that the U.S. Supreme Court had finally cleared the way for Manhattan DA in order to see Trump’s long concealed tax returns and other financial records for extensive Fraud investigation. In response to this order, Vance only issued a three-character statement: “Work continues.”
The Conservative Party currently enjoys a considerable majority in the Supreme Court, which is the majority created by Trump, while the former Republican President continues to vent his anger in the Conservative Party because he did not protect his interests to satisfy him. Three days before the court’s order, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow told The Daily Beast that the former president’s lawyers “are planning to submit our petition for certification in March” to challenge the lower court The decision to return these taxes to the Manhattan DA, and “the petition will raise major issues.” According to Monday’s Supreme Court order, Trump’s lawyers and team did not respond to questions about whether his strategy has changed.
On Monday, Trump issued a statement complaining: “The Supreme Court should never allow this “fishing expedition” to happen, but it does.” He baselessly accused his enemies of “fascism” against him. In a written statement, he once again refuted the lie that he “won” the 2020 presidential election, in which he was decisively defeated by Democratic contender Joe Biden. This lie led Trump and Republicans to conduct months of anti-democratic campaigns to invalidate the election results. This multi-pronged effort eventually led to a fatal riot in the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Cohen sat down with Vance’s investigator for the fifth time on Thursday. This is a new trend in the New York investigation. Vance personally participated in this interview, showing how investigators view Cohen’s role in helping Cohen prosecute the former president.
Cohen told The Daily Beast: “The Supreme Court has now declared that no one can go beyond the law.” “Trump will have to take responsibility for his dirty behavior for the first time.”