An ongoing investigation into former President Donald Trump’s finances has reportedly entered a new phase.
According to The Hill, investigators in New York have taken possession of various business and personal documents as part of a probe being led by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Ties to the Trump Organization
The investigators are said to be particularly focused on Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer.
They are reportedly looking for evidence showing that Weisselberg or members of his family received untaxed benefits from the business.
The Washington Post reported that investigators seized evidence from Jennifer Weisselberg, his former daughter-in-law.
She was married to Allen Weisselberg’s son, Barry — who runs the Trump Organization’s Central Park Wollman ice rink — until they divorced in 2018.
In the past, Jennifer Weisselberg claimed that she had financial documents related to the Trump administration as well as information connected to her ex-husband’s family as the result of divorce litigation.
“The meat of what we’re looking at”
As the Post indicated, the evidence collected by investigators this week included a laptop computer and at least three boxes of documents.
Jennifer Weisselberg’s lawyer said that his client “has joint-bank-account information, credit cards, tax records, tax returns — that’s the meat of what we’re looking at to see what types of patterns we might be able to find.”
For her part, she told the newspaper that her “knowledge of the documents” and her “voice connect the flow of money from various banks and from personal finances that bleed directly into the Trump Organization.”
The recent seizure of evidence reportedly comes as the result of a subpoena. Allen Weisselberg was also subpoenaed by investigators last month in an effort by investigators to obtain his personal bank records.
It seems clear that those behind this effort have targeted the Weisselbergs because of their involvement in the Trump Organization in hopes that the information will aid them in an ongoing investigation of the former president. Whether they are successful in finding a link remains to be seen, but Trump has consistently and emphatically denied any wrongdoing, referring to the probe into his finances as a politically motivated quest to take him down.