Jennifer Weisselberg, whose former stepfather Allen Weisselberg oversaw Mr Trump’s finances for years, recently suggested he would turn on the former president as New York prosecutors launch a criminal investigation into Mr. Trump and others in his Trump organization.
Prosecutors working alongside Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance – who is embarking on a larger investigation into the former president and his company – are reportedly investigating whether Mr. Trump and his associates falsely inflated property values and whether Mr. Weisselberg and his family received questionable gifts from him.
Mr Vance is said to have convened a grand jury to meet three days a week for the next six months to discuss the investigation.
Ms Weisselberg – who says she provided investigators with several boxes of financial documents – on Thursday told CNN’s John Berman that she expected to testify.
When asked if she faced “backlash or retaliation” following her statements and her cooperation with investigators, she said she was forced to leave her apartment within the next seven days by Mr. Weisselberg, who, according to her, is the guarantor of the lease of her apartment.
“It’s a threat,” she said. “They kick me out. “
Mary Mulling, attorney for Mr. Weisselberg, made no comment toThe independent following a request related to the allegations.
The former president insisted that the investigation is a politically motivated “witch hunt”.
“The city and state of New York suffer from the highest crime rates in their history, and instead of going after murderers, drug dealers, human traffickers and others, they are attack Donald Trump, ”he said in a statement.
Investigators are investigating whether the value of the company’s vast real estate portfolio has been manipulated to defraud banks and insurance companies, according to previous court documents.
Prosecutors argued that “mountainous” allegations against the former president – including misrepresentation of his business properties to insurers, potential lenders and the government – “could establish torts,” including tax evasion and insurance and falsification of business records, among others.