Manhattan DA enlists forensic accounting experts for Trump investigation: report
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office brought in forensic accountants to assist with its criminal investigation into President TrumpDonald Trump Superb Investigation Says Grim View of Flourishing Anti-Democratic Views Pilot of Southwest Investigation Report Says “Come Brandon” on Theft Texas Police Deny Biden Bus Escort Requests surrounded by Trump supporters: PLUS report and its companies, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
People familiar with the matter confirmed the plans to the Post. A source familiar with the investigation said that District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. hired FTI Consulting to investigate real estate transactions and advise on whether the Trump organization has changed the value of certain assets in order to get tax breaks and better rates of interest.
The investigation, which began in 2018 to examine alleged payments made to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, has now expanded to include potential wrongdoing from Trump’s larger business activities, the Post reported. .
The sources spoke to the outlet on condition of anonymity because the investigation, which is expected to cover several years of activity, is very sensitive.
Spokesmen for Vance and FTI Consulting declined to comment when contacted by the Post, and representatives from the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump and company officials have repeatedly condemned the district attorney’s investigation, saying it was a politically motivated “witch hunt”.
According to a corporate brochure from FTI, the company provides “the industry’s most comprehensive range of forensic, investigative, data analysis and litigation services” and has “extensive experience in the service of ‘leading companies, governments and law firms around the world’.
It comes like Vance and Trump’s lawyers fought in court on the subpoena of prosecutors at Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, for the president’s personal and business tax returns. A federal appeals court ruled in October that Trump could not block the execution of the subpoena, after which Trump’s lawyers filed a petition to stay with the Supreme Court that has yet to be decided.
The district attorney’s office has indicated in court records that it is investigating criminal conduct potentially extended to the Trump organization. Prosecutors have suggested that Trump and his companies could be investigated for tax and insurance fraud.
Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that the prosecutor’s office interviewed employees of Deutsche Bank and insurance brokerage firm Aon in connection with the Trump investigation.
The newspaper also reported that Trump had discussed with advisers the advisability of granting preventive pardons to his children. The president also claimed he can forgive himself, although it is not clear if he has the legal authority to do so.
Additionally, Trump’s power of pardon only applies to federal crimes, not state crimes.