Crime Trump Hires Criminal Defense Attorney Who Previously Partnered With Prosecutor Investigating His Business Dealings
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Weisselberg may know more about the Trump Organization's and Trump family's finances than anyone else, and he's served Donald Trump for decades.The mustachioed, press-shy Allen Weisselberg has served as the Trump Organization's chief financial officer for decades, as well as Trump's personal bookkeeper. Now he's a subject of a wide-ranging inquiry from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, as well as one from the New York State Attorney General's office.
The Trump Organization this week announced that it hired veteran New York City criminal defense attorney Ronald Fischetti to represent its interests in Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s investigation into possible, the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, confirmed to the Journal that Fischetti had been retained earlier this week.
“I am so pleased that Ron has been added to the team,” said Futerfas. “He brings extraordinary experience, a depth of knowledge and wisdom that is invaluable and that we so appreciate.”
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Andrew Weissmann says the Manhattan DA has advantages his old team didn’t. Still, it could come down to flipping the ex-president’s accountant.Once the subject of nightly news coverage and the object of liberal fantasies, the Mueller investigation is now viewed by many as a tragically missed opportunity and, to some, a failure. That view got a considerable boost last September when Andrew Weissmann, one of Mueller’s deputies, wrote a book that reflected on the office’s work in remarkably frank terms — arguing that the team had pulled its punches both during the investigation and in completing its report.
Fischetti similarly told the outlet that he was “delighted that I’m going to be on the defense for this.”
The 84-year-old began his career working as an aide for several Democratic officials in the late 1960s. He made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1970 running as a “liberal anti-Vietnam War candidate” before settling on a career in law, which began with him “representing organized crime defendants,” according to ain The New York Times.
After working for infamous mobsters likeand (brother to Gambino crime family boss John Gotti), he provided free legal defense to Chuck Schwarz, a former police officer charged in connection with the of Hattian immigrant Abner Louima in a police station bathroom.
Trump Organization adds veteran criminal defense attorney
The Trump Organization has brought on veteran criminal defense attorney Ronald Fischetti to represent the real estate company in the Manhattan district attorney's ongoing investigation into former President Trump's businesses and finances. The Wall Street Journal first reported that the Trump Organization this week retained Ronald Fischetti as part of its team. Fischetti is a former law partner of Mark Pomerantz, the former federal prosecutor currently working on the investigation for the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. (D), according to the Journal.
Outside of the courtroom, Fischetti has alsoat Fordham Law School, Harvard Law School, Cardozo Law School, New York University Law School, and Yale Law School.
Fischetti will not only provide the Trump Organization with decades of criminal defense experience, he will also bring an intimate knowledge of Mark Pomerantz, the former federal prosecutor and head of the SDNY Criminal Division who Vancein February as a special assistant district attorney for the Trump probe. Fischetti and Pomerantz were at a criminal defense law firm for approximately eight years in the 1980s during which they “worked on dozens of cases together,” per the Journal.
“He’s straight as an arrow,” Fischetti said of Pomerantz. “We are both professionals, so there won’t be any problems.”
The investigation into the former president and his personal business dealings, which began as an inquiry into the hush money payments Trump’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, has broadened “” in recent months. Prosecutors claimed in court documents to have of “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”
Trump's own statements in old lawsuit could haunt him in a future criminal case
Donald Trump once said he calculated his net worth, to a degree, on his "feelings," and that he put the "best spin" on some of the assets."I think everybody" exaggerates about the value of their properties.
The office of the district attorney has alsoDeutsche Bank employees, employees with insurance broker Aon, and employees with Ladder Capital, one of Trump’s top lenders.
More recently, investigators with the DA’s office haveto Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, whose relationship with the Trumps dates back nearly half a century.
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