The following article, Desparate Expansion of NYC Trump Probe Targets Ex-Bodyguard, was first published on Flag And Cross.
In New York City, there are powerful people on the hunt for something, anything, that they could use to take down Donald Trump, and this desperate endeavor has turned ever wilder as it goes on.
Having Trump’s tax returns and access to his former “fixer” Michael Cohen is not enough for these allegedly competent prosecutors, however, and they are now going to take a look at folks like Trump’s ex-bodyguard.
New York prosecutors investigating former President Donald Trump’s business have advised Trump’s former bodyguard and current chief operating officer, Matthew Calamari, and his son that they should get their own lawyers, not use the Trump Organization’s attorneys, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Prosecutors are reportedly looking into whether the Calamaris have illegally avoided paying taxes on benefits provided by the Trump Organization, including housing and cars.
New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has been investigating the Trump Organization for a few years, focused most recently on whether the company manipulates the value of its properties to get loans and lower its taxes. Vance’s prosecutors are similarly investigating, and widely believed to be trying to gain the cooperation of, Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, but they don’t appear to have had much luck yet. Now it appears their interest in these benefits extends beyond Weisselberg, the Journal reports, noting that neither Calamari or Weisselberg have been accused of wrongdoing.
The Calamaris have taken the prosecutors’ advice and hired Nicholas Gravante Jr., who has represented former AIG head Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and Hunter Biden, among other prominent clients, the Journal reports.
The prosecutors who are targeting the Trump organization have been at it for years already, and, after having garnered the aforementioned materials, have still not pressed any charges. One could imagine that, the longer this goes on, the more likely it is that it needs to continue to have any hope of finding evidence that could be used to nail Trump.
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