The Manhattan District Attorney’s office hired a top former federal prosecutor to assist with its investigation into former President Donald Trump and his business dealings, The New York Times reports.
Manhattan DA Cy Vance this week added former prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, a top white collar and organized crime prosecutor, to help with the investigation into Trump and his company.
Vance’s probe is focused on potential tax and bank fraud. He has reportedly examined whether the Trump Organization lied about the value of its properties to seek loans and tax relief.
Vance’s office has reviewed numerous Trump transactions in New York as they wait for a Supreme Court ruling on whether they can obtain his tax returns.
Prosecutors have also interviewed numerous witnesses and issued more than a dozen subpoenas, including to top lenders Deutsche Bank and Ladder Capital.
DA subpoenas Trump Org:
Vance’s office has also subpoenaed the Trump Organization for records related to tax deductions on millions in consulting fees, some of which were paid to Ivanka Trump even though she worked for the company.
The company turned those records over last month though “prosecutors have questioned whether the company has fully responded to the subpoena,” according to the Times.
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Pomerantz, who was hired only to work on the Trump probe, has been informally helping with the case for months.
He is expected to interview key witnesses in the case.
Pomerantz rose through the Justice Department ranks since becoming a federal prosecutor in Manhattan before leaving the DOJ in 1982.
He went on to try nearly 25 organized crime cases before returning to the DOJ to head the Manhattan US Attorney’s office criminal division in the 90s, overseeing organized crime cases, including one involving Mafia boss John Gotti.