- Manhattan prosecutors have stepped up their investigation into President Donald Trump and the Trump organization in recent weeks, questioning bankers and insurers who work for the president, according to the New York Times.
- Specifically, according to the report, state prosecutors interviewed people working for Trump’s main lender, Deutsche Bank, and its main insurer, Aon.
- Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is investigating whether the Trump organization violated state laws, and his office has assigned eight years of Trump’s tax returns, which the president is fighting before the courts.
- Trump has expressed significant concerns in private and in public about the Vance Inquiry, given that potential criminal charges arising from the inquiry would be forgiven.
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Manhattan prosecutors have questioned bankers and insurers working for President Donald Trump in recent weeks, The New York Times reported Friday. The talks signal a thorough investigation into the president’s financial transactions.
Specifically, according to the report, investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office spoke to employees working for Trump’s top lender, Deutsche Bank, and the president’s top insurer, Aon.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. opened an investigation into Trump’s trade relations two years ago and initially focused on whether the Trump organization had violated the laws of state by coordinating illegal payments ahead of the 2016 election to two women who said they had connections with Trump.
The Times reported that payments are no longer the focus of the investigation and it has since widened its scope, with Vance’s office assigning eight years of Trump’s tax returns.
The president is now battling the federal court subpoena after the Supreme Court rejected his claim earlier this year that he was “absolutely immune” to criminal investigation or prosecution during his tenure. Since then, a federal judge has upheld the subpoena, but an appeals court has subsequently granted Trump’s request to temporarily block it.
In November, the Manhattan DA’s office also issued new subpoenas to the Trump Organization. According to the Times, they searched for information on payments made to “TTT Consulting LLC,” a tax reversal that the Times previously reported may have been Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka.
Trump has expressed significant concerns, both in private and in public, about the Manhattan prosecutor’s investigation in the dying days of his presidency.
“Now I hear these same people who failed to get me to Washington sent all the information to New York so they could try to get me there,” Trump said in a statement. 46-minute speech to the White House earlier this month. “It all happened over and over again. ”
He added: “They don’t want to bring me down, but us. And we can never let them do that. ”
Trump is also the subject of a parallel civilian investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s office into his business dealings. The Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation and the state attorney general’s civil investigation go beyond a presidential pardon, which does not apply to state-level offenses.
And as Insider’s Dave Levinthal previously reported, Trump could face a number of potential federal polls once he steps down from the offices of U.S. lawyers across the country as well as state attorneys general.