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Prosecutors in New York City have reportedly obtained the personal tax returns of a top Trump Organization executive.
Allen Weisselberg, the long-serving chief financial officer of former President Donald Trump's business, is the subject of a criminal tax investigation. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is working to ascertain the extent to which Weisselberg was given certain perks by former President Donald Trump and whether taxes were paid on those perks, according to the New York Times.
The report said access to Weisselberg's tax returns could give the Manhattan District Attorney's office a clear view into whether any malfeasance was committed by the executive, signaling charges in the case could be announced as soon as this summer.
News of this development comes more than a week after ABC News reported Jeffrey McConney, longtime controller of the Trump Organization, testified before the grand jury formed to consider charges in the investigation.
"So if Jeff McConney is cooperating, that is really bad news potentially for Weisselberg and for the Trump Organization and other individuals up to and including maybe the former president," Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department official and FBI general counsel who was a top prosecutor in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, told MSNBC.
Trump has lambasted the investigation, which dovetailed with a separate inquiry by New York Attorney General Letitia James, as a "continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history."
The Manhattan DA's office declined to comment on the matter to the Washington Examiner. The Trump Organization and a representative for the former president were also contacted.
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Original Author: Haley Victory Smith
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