Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office also conducted a separate criminal investigation into the Trump organization, including Mr. Weisselberg’s conduct as chief financial officer.
The independent contacted Mr Weisselberg for comment on this breaking news. He has not been charged with wrongdoing.
Mr Trump said in a statement Wednesday that the investigations into his companies and associates were a “political and partisan witch hunt” that amounted to an “investigation … looking for a crime.”
Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of the Trump leader, has reportedly been cooperating with investigators since last fall. She alleged that Mr. Weisselberg and Mr. Trump helped fund the lavish lifestyle that she and her ex-husband Barry Weisselberg, who worked at the Trump Organization, enjoyed. This would have included paying tuition fees at private schools in New York City and rent-free stays in Trump Organization apartments, which could raise potential red flags for investigators.
“I know Donald wrote these checks,” she told CNN in April.
The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment, although Mr. Trump has previously denounced investigations into his company.
Both surveys have been ongoing since 2019 and have grown significantly over time. The investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James began as a civil inquiry into whether the Trump organization overestimated and underestimated the value of certain assets to gain tax and financial benefits.
On Tuesday, his office announced he was joining Manhattan’s DA Cyrus Vance Jr criminal investigation into the Trump organization, which began by focusing on the alleged silence payments Mr. Trump made to women who said they had done business with him before becoming president.
Earlier this year, after an intense legal battle, the Supreme Court cleared the way for Mr. Vance’s office to subpoena Mr. Trump’s tax returns and other financial documents related to his business transactions.
The two officers working together are quite rare, and if they get a criminal conviction it would be even more unprecedented: No former president has ever been charged with criminal conduct.
The former president faces nearly 30 pending lawsuits and investigations since leaving office, ranging from his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results to his trade dealings.