Trump Organization, CFO’s tax fraud trial set for October
Capping an extraordinary week in Donald Trump’s post-presidency, a New York judge ordered Friday that his company and its longtime finance chief stand trial in the fall on tax fraud charges stemming from a long-running criminal investigation into Trump’s business practices.
Alvin Bragg sworn in as Manhattan DA, taking over Trump case
(Julie Skarritt/Richard Fife PR via AP) (Julie Skarritt)NEW YORK — (AP) — Alvin Bragg has already notched one historic first, taking office Saturday as Manhattan’s first Black district attorney. After weeks of speculation about whether Vance would close his tenure with a bang by indicting Trump, the former D.A. Bragg told CNN last month that he’ll be directly involved in the Trump matter. personally,” Bragg told CNN. Being elected D.A., Bragg said voters had given him a “profound trust.”“The fundamental role of the district attorney is to guarantee both fairness and safety,” Bragg told supporters on election night.wftv.com
Alvin Bragg sworn in as Manhattan DA, taking over Trump case
Alvin Bragg has already notched one historic first, taking office Saturday as Manhattan’s first Black district attorney. Now he’s weighing another: whether to make Donald Trump the first former president ever charged with a crime. As district attorney, Bragg inherited an investigation into Trump and his business practices from his predecessor, Cyrus Vance Jr., who declined to seek reelection last year after 12 years in the high-profile job.news.yahoo.com
DA's last big decision: Whether to charge Trump
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Manhattan District Attorney, is interviewed in his office, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in New York. Will the prosecutor known for his caution bring criminal charges against Donald Trump? “I really can’t talk about the Trump case, so I’m not going to talk about the Trump case,” Vance said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. The June indictments allege the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, evaded taxes on lucrative fringe benefits paid to executives. Prosecutors didn’t charge Trump, but they did note that he signed some checks at the center of the case.wftv.com
Exonerations for 2 men convicted in Malcolm X's 1965 death
NEW YORK — (AP) — Two men who for decades steadfastly maintained their innocence in the 1965 assassination of civil rights icon Malcolm X are set to be exonerated Thursday, after a nearly two-year-long re-investigation. Muhammad Aziz, now 83, and the late Khalil Islam were convicted in 1966, after a trial in which authorities withheld evidence favorable to the defense, said their attorneys, the Innocence Project and civil rights lawyer David Shanies. Malcolm X was killed on Feb. 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, as he was beginning a speech. Hagan said he was one of three gunmen who shot Malcolm X, but he testified that neither Aziz nor Islam was involved. It earned him the ire of some in the Nation of Islam, who saw him as a traitor.wftv.com
Report: 2 men to be cleared in 1965 killing of Malcolm X
NEW YORK — (AP) — Two men convicted in the assassination of Malcolm X are set to be cleared after more than half a century, with prosecutors now saying authorities withheld evidence in the civil rights leader's killing, according to a news report Wednesday. “These men did not get the justice that they deserved," District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. told the newspaper. Malcolm X was gunned down as he began a speech in Harlem's Audubon Ballroom on Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. The two men were then known as Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson. Islam was released two years later and died in 2009.wftv.com
DA: 6ix9ine's bodyguards broke man's phone after wild chase
Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was not charged. As the man wrestled with one of the bodyguards in an attempt to get the phone back, Laperuta approached with his hand on his holstered gun and another bodyguard pointed a stun gun at the man, Vance said. The security team fled in the SUVs as an unmarked police car drove up with lights flashing, Vance said. Other members of the security team were expected to be arraigned later Monday. Online court records didn't list lawyers for the other members of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s security team who were charged.wftv.com
DA: 6ix9ine's bodyguards broke man's phone after wild chase
Prosecutors say bodyguards for troubled rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine turned New York City into the Wild West last summer, piling into SUVs and chasing a man for 20 blocks with lights flashing after he attempted to record cellphone video of the recording star.
'Nobody Believed Me': How Rape Cases Get Dropped
NEW YORK — Cammy Duong woke up in a Manhattan hotel room in July 2017 and, dazed, called a friend. “I think I was raped,” she said, crying. The police investigation lasted months. But when the case reached the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors quickly declined to bring charges, records show. “I remember leaving and crying and feeling helpless,” said Duong, now 32. “I felt like nobody believed me.” Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times The #MeToo movement lednews.yahoo.com
Bragg's opponent concedes in primary for Manhattan DA
A former federal prosecutor who now teaches at New York Law School, Bragg would be Manhattan's first Black district attorney. Prior to that, he led a unit of the state attorney general’s office that investigates killings by police. Campaigning for district attorney, Bragg pledged a culture change in the office, prioritizing public safety and police accountability while declining to pursue many low-level offenses and de-emphasizing conviction rates. His successor will be just the fourth elected district attorney in Manhattan in the last 80 years. Manhattan district attorney is one of the most high-profile prosecution jobs in the U.S., dramatized on TV’s “Law and Order” and “Blue Bloods.”The office has a staff of 500 lawyers and a $125 million annual budget.wftv.com
Bragg's opponent concedes in primary for Manhattan DA
NEW YORK — (AP) — Alvin Bragg, a former top deputy to New York’s attorney general, was poised to become Manhattan's first Black district attorney after his closest opponent conceded in the the Democratic primary. The Republican candidate in the general election will be Thomas Kenniff, a defense attorney, former prosecutor and Army Judge Advocate General. A former federal prosecutor who now teaches at New York Law School, Bragg would be Manhattan's first Black district attorney. Campaigning for district attorney, Bragg pledged a culture change in the office, prioritizing public safety and police accountability while declining to pursue many low-level offenses and de-emphasizing conviction rates. His successor will be just the fourth elected district attorney in Manhattan in the last 80 years.wftv.com
Trump Organization CFO expected in court after indictment
Messages seeking comment were left with a spokesperson and lawyers for the Trump Organization. Vance, who leaves office at the end of the year, has been conducting a wide-ranging investigation into a variety of matters involving Trump and the Trump Organization. Vance fought a long battle to get Trump's tax records and has been subpoenaing documents and interviewing company executives and other Trump insiders. Trump sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, have been in charge of the company’s day-to-day operations since he became president. The Trump Organization case involves possible violations of New York state tax laws.wftv.com
Trump Org lawyers make last pitch against prosecution
Lawyers for the Trump Organization met again Monday with prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in a last bid to forestall a potential indictment stemming from a long-running investigation into the former president’s company. Trump Organization lawyer Ron Fischetti told The Associated Press the meeting came as a grand jury nears a vote on an indictment this week following a more than two-year investigation into Trump's business affairs.news.yahoo.com
The Manhattan DA reportedly hasn't flipped the would-be star witness in its Trump investigation. Allen Weisselberg may be holding out for the best deal possible.
The DA's office "may be insisting that Weisselberg agree to serve time," and he might not be willing to do that, a former federal prosecutor said.news.yahoo.com
Trump Executive Could Face Charges as Soon as This Summer
The Manhattan district attorney’s office appears to have entered the final stages of a criminal tax investigation into Donald Trump’s long-serving chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, setting up the possibility he could face charges this summer, according to people with knowledge of the matter. In recent weeks, a grand jury has been hearing evidence about Weisselberg, who is facing intense scrutiny from prosecutors as they seek his cooperation with a broader investigation into Trump and tnews.yahoo.com
Former prosecutors speculate on Trump's legal peril with new Manhattan special grand jury
Grand jury proceedings are secret, so everything we know about the special grand jury Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has reportedly convened to consider evidence against former President Donald Trump and other Trump Organization executives is either from unidentified sources or speculation by lawyers, especially former prosecutors. The new grand jury's existence, first reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday evening, has been corroborated by The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, and other news organizations. Special grand juries meet for several months — in this case, at least six, the Post reports — and they "are common when state prosecutors get to the point where they are ready to seek an indictment but the evidence is too complex or lengthy to present during the normal four-week term," Daniel Alonso, a former federal prosecutor and Vance's former chief assistant, tells the Journal. District attorneys don't generally bring cases to these juries unless they think they have evidence of a probable crime, former prosecutors say. "The prosecutors are convinced they have a case," Rebecca Roiphe, a former assistant Manhattan D.A., told the Post. "That's at least how I read it." That's also how CNN's Chris Cuomo and his panel read the situation. "This could be different things," including Vance finding "a way to leave it to the jury so if they come up short, it doesn't look like it was on him at the end of his term," Cuomo said. "Or, and this is more likely in this scenario, Cyrus Vance is ready to make a run at one of the most evasive targets we have ever seen. ... The big takeaway is, starting with this process, you may actually see Donald Trump get indicted." Tristan Snell, a former New York State assistant attorney general, predicted no indictments until after Christmas. Preet Bharara says news of a grand jury convened in the NY criminal probe of former Pres. Trump is part of prosecutor's "end game." Whether there is a charge against Donald Trump himself or not, the decision about that, I suspect is one that Cy Vance wants to make on his own." pic.twitter.com/Pw8FuI0wiW — Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) May 26, 2021 At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow cheerfully reminded viewers that Vance's investigation isn't the only legal peril Trump finds himself in. No former president has ever been charged with a crime. Trump on Tuesday called Vance's investigation a political "witch hunt." More stories from theweek.comThe Fog of Trump is liftingBiden says he underestimated Trump's ability to spread 'the big lie'Rand Paul blamed pop star Richard Marx for threatening package. Marx's reply was right there waiting for Stephen Colbert.news.yahoo.com
NY prosecutors interview Cohen an 8th time in Trump inquiry
Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for Donald Trump, arrives at the Manhattan District Attorney's office, Friday, March 19, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK – Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was interviewed on Friday for an eighth time by New York prosecutors investigating the former president's finances. Cohen met with investigators at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office amid a swirl of new activity in the the criminal inquiry, including fresh subpoenas and face-to-face meetings with key witnesses. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. also is scrutinizing hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf. AdHis office is now in possession of eight years of Trump’s tax records after a lengthy legal battle.
Trump's taxes in hand, Manhattan DA's probe heats up
FILE - In this Friday Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., center, leaves Criminal Court in New York. New York prosecutors are asking new questions about former President Donald Trump's Seven Springs estate in Mount Kisco, N.Y., trying to determine whether the value of the century-old mansion was improperly inflated to reduce the former president's taxes. AdIn a recent interview with Cohen, investigators asked questions about Trump's Seven Springs estate as part of an inquiry into whether the value of the 213-acre Westchester County property was improperly inflated to reduce his taxes. Ad“The work continues,” Vance wrote, echoing his short statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that he could have Trump's tax records. The amount was based on a professional appraisal that valued the full Seven Springs property at $56.5 million as of Dec. 1, 2015.
NYC prosecutor leading Trump probe won't seek reelection
FILE - In this July 1, 2014 file photo, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. who sees the Trump case through. “I never imagined myself as District Attorney for decades like my predecessors. The Trump case will likely be an early test for the next district attorney. Vance's office reopened the Hadden case amid public outcry last year, and the doctor was indicted on federal charges.
Claimed value of sleepy NY estate could come to haunt Trump
The Seven Springs, a property owned by former U.S. President Donald Trump, is covered in snow, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Meyer's daughter, the late Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, was married at Seven Springs in 1940. The amount was based on a professional appraisal that valued the full Seven Springs property at $56.5 million as of Dec. 1, 2015. AdCohen testified that Trump had financial statements saying Seven Springs was worth $291 million as of 2012. Along with the mansion, Seven Springs has a Tudor-style home once owned by ketchup magnate H.J.
Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight
Vance has obtained copies of Donald Trump's tax records after the Supreme Court this week rejected the former president's last-ditch effort to prevent them from being handed over. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)NEW YORK – A New York prosecutor has obtained copies of Donald Trump’s tax records after the Supreme Court this week rejected the former president’s last-ditch effort to prevent them from being handed over. District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. had been fighting for a year and a half for access to Trump’s tax records for a criminal grand jury investigation into his business dealings. AdVance’s office issued a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, in August 2019 seeking eight years of his tax returns and related documents. An appellate court rejected that argument and the Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene.
What NY prosecutors could learn from Trump's tax records
Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trumps tax records. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)NEW YORK – Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trump’s tax records. Whether Trump's records will contain evidence of a crime is uncertain. It isn’t clear, though, whether Trump’s tax records will add much to that part of the probe. “They'll look at the billings of attorneys to see what their expenses were for.”Monday's ruling does not ensure the public will see Trump's financial records.
Supreme Court won’t halt turnover of Trump’s tax records
WASHINGTON – In a significant defeat for former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to step in to halt the turnover of his tax records to a New York state prosecutor. The court’s action is the apparent culmination of a lengthy legal battle that had already reached the high court once before. The court’s order is a win for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has been seeking Trump’s tax records since 2019 as part of an investigation. The records Vance has been after are more than eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax records. AdAs part of its July decision, the high court returned the Vance case and a similar case involving records sought by Congress to lower courts.
Riot lawsuit just part of Trump's post-impeachment problems
The former "Apprentice" contestant is trying to get her defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump moving again now that he's no longer president. Federal prosecutors in Washington, meanwhile, have charged some 200 Trump supporters with crimes related to the riot, including more serious conspiracy charges. There has been no indication that Trump would be charged in the riot though prosecutors have said they are looking at all angles. The same U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan also appears to have moved on from its investigation of Trump’s inaugural committee. Recently, her office has won a series of court rulings forcing Trump’s company and a law firm it hired to turn over troves of records.
Case dropped after woman in racist NYC run-in gets therapy
FILE - This May 25, 2020 file image, taken from video provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at Central Park in New York. There is no relation between Christian Cooper and Amy Cooper. AdIlluzzi said that when officers arrived, Christian Cooper was gone and Amy Cooper admitted he hadn't tried to assault her. Amy Cooper also warned him she would summon police unless he stopped recording. “There’s an African American man, I’m in Central Park, he is recording me and threatening myself and my dog.
Impeachment isn't the final word on Capitol riot for Trump
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON – Donald Trump's acquittal at his second impeachment trial may not be the final word on whether he’s to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said after that vote. Federal prosecutors have said they are looking at all angles of the assault on the Capitol and whether the violence had been incited. A phone call between Trump and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy emerged during the impeachment trial in which McCarthy, as rioters stormed the Capitol, begged Trump to call off the mob. AdIt's possible federal prosecutors will decide not to bring charges, and if Trump were indicted in one of the many other separate investigations, federal prosecutors could decide justice would be done elsewhere.
Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal
One joked, "We’re going to Disney World!”Now acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial, Trump is preparing for the next phase of his post-presidency life. And he's confronting a Republican Party deeply divided over the legacy of his jarring final days in office, culminating in the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. Searing video images of the day played on loop during his impeachment trial, which ended Saturday. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who spoke with Trump on Saturday night, acknowledged that Trump is “mad at some folks,” but also “ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party” and “excited about 2022." That sharp rebuke from his once-loyal defender underscores how dramatically Trump's stock has fallen in Washington since his first impeachment trial just over a year ago.