On Thursday, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance and its newly hired ally, former federal prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, interviewed ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen as part of their criminal investigation into the business activities of ex-President Donald Trump’s family company, according to a Reuters report. Pomerantz was sworn in as a special assistant district attorney on February 2, and his only area of work in the office is the Trump investigation. Besides the addition of Pomerantz and the Cohen interview, Vance’s office has also recently issued “roughly a dozen new subpoenas,” according to sources for Reuters, and the investigation continues.
Reuters noted that it “was unclear what was covered in Cohen’s interview on Thursday with Pomerantz – his fifth with Vance’s office,” but the outlet added that the interview “signals intense interest in Cohen’s intimate knowledge of the financial affairs of the Trump Organization.” Cohen worked alongside Trump for a long time before the two acrimoniously parted ways in recent years. Cohen was found guilty of federal charges related to his activities on Trump’s behalf, including his part in an illegal hush money scheme targeting women with whom Trump had affairs.
Meanwhile, according to the Reuters report, “To look for anomalies among property deals, Vance’s office has retained forensic accounting specialists from Washington-based FTI Consulting Inc,” adding to the scope of their investigation. Although Vance’s office hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with details of their efforts, their investigation has covered a wide range of Trump properties, from the infamous Trump Tower in New York City to a Westchester County property where the Trump company claimed an abnormally highly valued supposed conservation easement.
Trump is also facing a recently launched criminal investigation from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, whose jurisdiction is in the Atlanta area. She is investigating Trump’s efforts to subvert the documented presidential election outcome in Georgia, where Joe Biden won. Among other examples, Trump once personally spoke with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and implored the top official to “find” enough votes to make him the winner in the state. Following through on Trump’s demand would have required fraudulently doctoring the numbers.