Controller testified before special counsel
Jeff McConney, a senior vice president and controller at the Trump Organization, has testified before a grand jury that was stood up by the Manhattan District Attorney's office to determine if charges should be brought against former President Trump and his company. McConney is one of several witnesses who have testified in front of the grand jury, according to ABC News. His testimony – the first from any employee of the company – indicates that prosecutors have conducted a deep probe into the Trump Organization’s finances.
New York state law mandates that witnesses like McConney are granted immunity on the subject of their testimony. He could still be prosecuted for perjury should he lie, however.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. first set up the grand jury in May as part of his criminal probe into Trump’s business dealings.
The investigation is believed to focus on hush money payments to Trump’s alleged mistresses, whether valuations of Trump Organization assets were inflated and if employee compensation arrangements were used to skirt taxes.
The panel will gather three days a week for six months to evaluate evidence and determine if charges are warranted.
Vance had previously empaneled a grand jury in August 2019 to obtain a subpoena for Trump’s tax returns.
Trump’s longtime chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg and his family members are also believed to be key figures in the investigation.
The former president has dismissed the probe as a “witch hunt.”
“This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors,” he said in a statement last month.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling associates he had no idea his Justice Department seized phone records of two top Democratic congressional critics of then-President Donald Trump. In the hours since The New York Times broke the news on Thursday that prosecutors subpoenaed Apple metadata from Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA), former Attorney General Sessions has privately told people that he wasn’t aware of, nor was he briefed on, the reported data seizures while he led the Trump DOJ. This week’s revelations were a surprise to him, according to a source familiar with the matter, and another person close to Sessions.
The US justice department’s internal watchdog launched an investigation on Friday after revelations that former president Donald Trump’s administration secretly seized phone data from at least two House Democrats as part of an aggressive leaks inquiry related to the Russia investigation into Trump’s conduct.
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