Politics The 4 Trump Organization figures who could guide prosecutors through the company's byzantine finances
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- Manhattan prosecutors appear keenly interested in the process for evaluating Trump Organization properties.
- An employee among the most knowledgeable about the company's finances was reportedly brought before a special grand jury.
- Here's a look at who can potentially guide prosecutors through the company's complex finances.
As the Manhattan District Attorney's office investigates the Trump Organization, there are several employees they may want to haul in front of ato walk them through the company's byzantine finances.
A top Trump Organization official has testified before a special grand jury, ABC News reports
Jeff McConney, who serves as controller and senior vice president for the Trump Organization, is the first employee called before the grand jury.Jeff McConney, who serves as controller and senior vice president for the Trump Organization, is among several witnesses who have already testified, but he is the first company employee called to go before the special grand jury, according to the outlet.
Earlier in June, ABC News reported that Jeff McConney, the company's controller,. McConney is one of several Trump Organization employees among the most knowledgeable about the company's finances. and , he's one of four people - in addition to Trump - who've had a hand in determining how the company's assets are valued.
Prosecutors appear to be keenly interested in the process for evaluating Trump Organization properties. Court filings suggestwhether the company manipulated property values to secure more favorable tax and loan benefits.
Legal experts say if the company showed one set of books for tax purposes and another for insurance and loan terms, that. The New York Attorney General's office is conducting a similar investigation into the Trump Organization's finances, and .
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Manhattan prosecutors have already subpoenaed reams of tax documents from the Trump Organization and its accountants at Mazars,. While the DA's office has hired forensic accountants at FTI Consulting to pore over the documentation, former prosecutors say to lay out for investigators - and jurors - just how the tax forms were prepared. The Trump Organization's decades-long financial history includes numerous properties, franchise deals, and .
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Here's a look at who could potentially walk prosecutors through the company's complex finances.
Aside from Donald Trump himself,. He has worked for the Trump family for more than 40 years, both as the family's personal bookkeeper and the company CFO.
Prosecutors have appeared to go to great lengths to seek his cooperation. They are examining the finances of his son Barry Weisselberg, who is also a Trump Organization employee, and theywhere he reportedly paid tuition.
His former daughter-in-law,with prosecutors for months.
McConney has already testified for the grand jury,. As the Trump Organization's controller, he functions as Weisselberg's second-in-command.
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But he may not willingly cooperate with prosecutors."a loyal footsoldier" for Trump who "despises the left," and even wore Trump-branded neckties.
McConney has worked at the Trump Organization since 1987,. , his son also worked there, as its social media director. Justin McConney is , an experience he compared to "the moment in 'Jurassic Park' when Dr. Grant realized that velociraptors could open doors. I was like, 'Oh, no.'"
Eric Sacher worked as an assistant controller under McConney from 1990 until 2008,. In , Trump identified Sacher as someone who works "as a team" with McConney and Weisselberg in handling the company's financial strategies.
Though he hasn't worked for the Trump Organization in more than a decade, prosecutors may find his deep knowledge of the company helpful for their investigation.
Donald Bender has for decades been a partner at Mazars, the tax and auditing firm employed by the Trump Organization to help handle its taxes, and specializes in real estate,.
Bender has been Trump's "go-to taxman," and would leave the room so that Trump and Weisselberg could finalize tax documentation as they saw fit.
The subpoenas prosecutors have secured likely allowed them to obtain communications between the Trump Organization and Mazars employees like Bender,as employees discussed how to value the company's properties and other assets to pay as little as possible in taxes.
Stormy Daniels says she would 'love' to testify in Trump Organization probe .
Stormy Daniels said Monday that she has not yet testified in a New York criminal probe into the Trump Organization but that she would "love nothing more than" to be interviewed by prosecutors investigating former President Donald Trump's sprawling company.Stormy Daniels said Monday that she has not yet testified in a New York criminal probe into the Trump Organization but that she would "love nothing more than" to be interviewed by prosecutors investigating former President Donald Trump's sprawling company.