Manhattan prosecutors 'expand their investigation into Donald Trump
Investigators in Manhattan looking into Donald Trump's tax affairs are becoming increasingly interested in the president's oldest son, according to a report. Donald Trump Jr has been running the Trump Organization alongside his brother Eric, 37, while their father was in the White House. Cyrus Vance Jr, the Manhattan district attorney, has been investigating the former president's tax affairs for several months.
But on Tuesday it was claimed that Don Jr is now being dragged into the probe.
Investigators were asking questions about the 43-year-old and about Allen Weisselberg, one of the former president's most trusted officers, The Daily Beast reported.
Weisselberg, 73, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has repeatedly appeared in investigations into the Trump family finances. In particular, he was heavily involved in the scheme to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels.
Don Jr has played an increasingly large role in his father's political campaigns, while dealing with the family's foreign business interests.
Forbes reported that Trump's two sons 'unloaded $118 million worth of the president's real estate since his January 2017 inauguration, striking deals everywhere from New York City and Los Angeles to Charleston, South Carolina and the Dominican Republic.'
His activities have also caught the eye of the Washington DC attorney general, who is suing the Trump inaugural committee and the Trump Organization for allegedly misusing over $1 million in donations.
Ivanka Trump spoke to Karl Racine, the attorney general of Washington DC, last year about the lawsuit, which she called 'a waste of taxpayer dollars.'
An official in Racine's office confirmed in January that the prosecutor hoped to speak to Don Jr too.
Don Jr has not commented on The Daily Beast's report, and neither has Weisselberg.
Vance has expressed satisfaction that his investigations are progressing.
On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court approved Vance's request to see Trump's long-concealed tax returns and other financial records for a wide-ranging fraud probe.
Vance responded: 'The work continues.'
Trump released a statement complaining, 'The Supreme Court never should have let this 'fishing expedition' happen, but they did,' and baselessly accusing his foes of engaging in 'fascism' against him.
The Manhattan prosecutors were reported last week to have also recruited new members to their team.
On Thursday, The New York Times said that Vance had brought on Mark Pomerantz, a well-known former federal prosecutor, to aid in its investigation of Trump and his real-estate company.
The Wall Street Journal reported that prosecutors are now investigating loans that Trump had taken out on multiple buildings, including Trump Tower in Manhattan.
On Thursday Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was interviewed by the Manhattan team for the fifth time, with Vance personally sitting in on the interview.
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to crimes including lying to Congress during the Russia investigation and campaign finance violations, and is now serving the final months of his sentence under house arrest.
He predicted that Trump would be severely harmed by the investigation.
'The Supreme Court has now proclaimed that no one is above the law,' Cohen told The Daily Beast. 'Trump will, for the first time, have to take responsibility for his own dirty deeds.'
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