Witnesses In Trump Criminal Probe Contacted For Official Testimony

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Authorities in New York have convened a special grand jury in connection to the ongoing criminal investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance into former President Donald Trump and his business, and ABC is reporting that “potential witnesses” have already “been contacted in recent weeks about appearing before the special grand jury.” The jury in question will be tasked with deciding whether to issue charges against former President Donald Trump or anyone else connected to the probe, if prosecutors decide to propose criminal prosecution. Setting up the jury suggests prosecutors may believe they have a solid case for charges.

It’s not yet clear which individuals might get summoned or may have already been summoned for testimony before the grand jury, but Vance’s investigation already has a couple of key cooperating witnesses. Those include former longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg. Vance, alongside New York state Attorney General Letitia James, has been investigating issues including potential fraud at the Trump family business. Issues under examination have also included whether non-salary benefits provided to the Weisselbergs were handled in accordance with tax law.

Trump has, of course, freaked out about the grand jury news. This week, he referred to the development as “a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history.” In other words, he’s still sticking by his “Poor Me!” shtick. He also called the investigation “an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election,” but it has nothing to do with his voters — he’s just grandstanding. In reality, investigative efforts targeting Trump in New York have been proceeding in response to duly documented issues. The Trump company is suspected of fraudulently adjusting valuations of its assets in order to obtain benefits like tax breaks. Tax fraud isn’t a made-up crime!