The New York attorney general’s office has reportedly been investigating a longtime top Trump Organization executive’s taxes in a criminal capacity for several months.
CNN reported Wednesday that New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has been probing the personal taxes of Allen WeisselbergAllen Howard WeisselbergNY AG was probing Trump Organization CFO’s taxes for months: report New York prosecutors investigating Trump Organization in a ‘criminal capacity’ Prosecutors subpoena NYC school in pursuit of info from Trump confidant: report MORE, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, for months, according to people familiar with the investigation. The probe is reportedly being overseen by a small unit in the attorney general’s office that has the power to bring criminal charges.
The investigation is centered on Weisselberg as an individual, sources told CNN, but it could be expanded to include actions he has taken at the Trump Organization.
Weisselberg has overseen the Trump Organization’s finances for 40 years, according to CNN.
Weisselberg is also part of the Manhattan district attorney’s office’s investigation into the Trump Organization. According to CNN, prosecutors at that office, led by Cy Vance Jr., are probing his role at the Trump Organization, his personal finances and benefits given to his son Barry, who is also a longtime employee at the Trump Organization.
Vance’s office is reportedly coordinating with James’s office on the criminal investigation involving Weisselberg.
Weisselberg has not be charged with any wrongdoing, the network noted.
Investigators are reportedly trying to uncover leverage that could persuade Weisselberg to cooperate with authorities, CNN reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.
Weisselberg’s potential cooperation could increase pressure on Trump, his family and his organization.
CNN noted that Weisselberg recently added to his legal team, bringing on Bryan Skarlatos, a tax specialist and criminal defense lawyer.
The Hill reached out to Trump and the Trump Organization for comment.
A spokesperson for James said the attorney general does not have a comment at this time.
James’s office announced on Tuesday that it is now investigating the Trump Organization in a “criminal capacity” in addition to a “civil capacity.”
Her office is working with Vance’s office to determine if the organization inflated the value of its properties to lenders and insurers and if it paid the appropriate amount of taxes.