“The work continues…”

Cyrus Vance, Jr
Widline Cadet/NewYorker

On February 22nd, in an office in White Plains, two lawyers handed over a hard drive to a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, who, along with two investigators, had driven up from New York City in a heavy snowstorm. Although the exchange didn’t look momentous, it set in motion the next phase of one of the most significant legal showdowns in American history. Hours earlier, the Supreme Court had ordered former President Donald Trump to comply with a subpoena for nearly a decade’s worth of private financial records, including his tax returns. The subpoena had been issued by Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, who is leading the first, and larger, of two known probes into potential criminal misconduct by Trump. The second was opened, last month, by a county prosecutor in Georgia, who is investigating Trump’s efforts to undermine that state’s election results.

Vance is a famously low-key prosecutor, but he has been waging a ferocious battle. His subpoena required Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars U.S.A., to turn over millions of pages of personal and corporate records, dating from 2011 to 2019, that Trump had withheld from prosecutors and the public. Before Trump was elected, in 2016, he promised to release his tax records, as every other modern President has done, and he repeated that promise after taking office. Instead, he went to extraordinary lengths to hide the documents. The subpoena will finally give legal authorities a clear look at the former President’s opaque business empire, helping them to determine whether he committed any financial crimes. After Vance’s victory at the Supreme Court, he released a typically buttoned-up statement: “The work continues.”

Sock it to him, Cy!

22 thoughts on ““The work continues…”

  1. Boy Howdy says:

    New York Attorney General Letitia James is joining the Manhattan district attorney’s office in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization, James’ office said Tuesday.
    The attorney general office’s investigation into the Trump Organization, which has been underway since 2019, will also continue as a civil probe, but the office recently informed Trump Organization officials of the criminal component.
    “We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA,” James’ spokesman Fabien Levy told CNN. “We have no additional comment.” https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/18/politics/new-york-attorney-general-trump-organization-criminal-probe/index.html

  2. Puzzling Evidence says:

    “The Trump administration blocked Democrats’ efforts to unearth documents related to his leased D.C. hotel. Not much has changed under Biden.” (Washington Post 6/11/21) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/11/biden-trump-hotel-documents/
    “…Biden’s team has steadfastly defended some of the protections the Trump administration put in place to conceal Trump’s financial interests. The Justice Department under Biden is appealing a lower court judgment in favor of the congressional Democrats in their suit, another move by the agency to defend Trump-era legal positions. Biden’s General Services Administration, which holds the lease for the Trump International hotel, has provided only a portion of the documents Congress is seeking and asked that none of them be disclosed publicly.
    And as an investigation into Trump’s business dealings by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. advances, GSA staff has also declined to say whether the agency has been subpoenaed or contacted by investigators.”
    Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday broadly defended the Justice Department’s recent decisions to stand by controversial legal positions it took during the Trump administration — asserting that officials were merely trying to follow the law, even if they personally disagreed with the result it required. https://www.businessinsider.com/merrick-garland-defends-doj-decision-trump-mueller-memo-congress-hearing-2021-6

  3. Meanwhile: says:

    A federal judge on Monday granted the Justice Department’s request to temporarily block the release of an internal legal memo prepared in response to the Mueller report in 2019.
    District Judge Amy Berman Jackson agreed to stay her order for the document’s release while the Biden administration appeals.
    The memo contains the rationale behind former Attorney General William Barr’s conclusion that former special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that would support obstruction of justice charges against former President Trump.
    Jackson said in a nine-page decision that while she still disagrees with the Justice Department’s arguments against the memo’s release, she believes that it shouldn’t be prematurely unredacted before the department has an opportunity to make its case to an appeals court. https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/558317-federal-judge-grants-dojs-request-to-block-release-of-trump

  4. Santayana says:

    The House Oversight Committee has released a cache of more than 200 pages of newly released emails obtained from Justice Department officials and White House staff.
    The documents show, among other allegations, that Trump in December pressed the Justice Department to file a Supreme Court lawsuit to nullify the election, the committee said.
    The dump of new materials came hours before the Oversight Committee was set to hold its second hearing on the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol invasion. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/15/trump-pressured-doj-to-challenge-election-results-emails-show-house-panel-says.html
    U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Reform: Selected Documents, President Trump Pressure Campaign on Department of Justice https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/documents/COR-SelectedDOJDocuments-2021-6-15-FINAL.pdf

  5. Workaday racket says:

    New York prosecutors are now investigating Donald Trump’s former bodyguard and chief operating officer, Matthew Calamari, The Wall Street Journal has reported.
    The two ongoing probes of the Trump Organization – one led by New York’s attorney general and the other by the Manhattan district attorney – are reportedly investigating whether Mr Calamari received fringe benefits from the company without paying taxes. https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-bodyguard-matthew-calamari-11624308000
    Prosecutors’ interest in Mr. Calamari, once Mr. Trump’s bodyguard, indicates that their probe into the Trump Organization’s alleged practice of providing some employees with cars and apartments extends beyond Allen Weisselberg, the company’s chief financial officer, and his family. Neither Messrs. Calamari and Weisselberg nor anyone else connected to the company has been accused of wrongdoing.

  6. White collar crime says:

    “Trump and his CFO Allen Weisselberg stay close as prosecutors advance their case” https://news.yahoo.com/trump-cfo-allen-weisselberg-stay-141919243.html
    “Every day that Weisselberg arrives for work at Trump Tower — as he did that day, steering in from his Upper West Side apartment across town — could be seen as a public signal that he is sticking with Trump and deflecting investigators’ advances.
    As the most senior non-Trump executive at the former president’s private, closely held company, Weisselberg is probably a key figure in prosecutors’ efforts to indict Trump, legal experts say. His central role in nearly every aspect of Trump’s business, revealed in depositions and news interviews over the past three decades, afforded him what former employees say is a singular view of the Trump Organization’s tax liabilities and finances.
    Although that role long allowed him to stay behind the scenes, it may place him front and center in what would be an unprecedented prosecution of a former president, should the investigation advance.”

  7. Update says:

    Lawyers for former President Donald Trump were warned this week by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office that prosecutors as soon as next week may criminally charge the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.
    The New York Times and later NBC News reported that Trump’s lawyers were told that DA Cyrus Vance Jr. is considering charging Trump’s New York-based company and Weisselberg in connection with fringe benefits the CFO received from the company.
    Vance could announce criminal charges as early as next week if he decides to seek an indictment, people with knowledge of the matter told the newspaper. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/25/trump-organization-allen-weisselberg-face-possible-criminal-charges.html

  8. p/s says:

    The District of Columbia’s attorney general will have to wait just a little longer to find out if three more people in the Trump family circle can be forced to testify, as investigators continue to look into whether Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee misspent more than $1 million and enriched his own company.
    A local judge Sunday, on the eve of a potentially critical court hearing in that case, ruled that he won’t even let the D.C. attorney general’s office argue in court on Monday why it should subject these key witnesses to tough questions.
    Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former personal friend and senior advisor to the first lady Melania Trump​, is a lead witness for the government in this case. https://www.thedailybeast.com/dc-prosecutors-set-their-targets-on-donald-trump-jrs-posse
    In 2016, Wolkoff created an event planning firm, WIS Media Partners, which was instrumental in organizing Trump’s Inauguration. Wolkoff’s firm was paid $26 million for their services – about one-quarter of the total expenses of the inauguration – with only $1.6 million reportedly going to Wolkoff personally. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_Winston_Wolkoff

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