BY: Nathaniel BALLANTYNE
TRUENEWSBLOG – This second grand jury was expected to examine how the company valued its assets, the Washington Post reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
The criminal case stems from the probe by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in collaboration with New York state Attorney general Letitia James.
A first indictment, from July, had alleged that the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, had committed tax fraud arising from a probe into Trump’s business and its practices.
That indictment said the company provided perks and benefits such as rent-free apartments and leased cars to Weisselberg and other officials without proper reporting on tax returns.
Both Weisselberg and the company pleaded not guilty. A Republican, Trump himself has not been charged and calls the charges politically motivated.
A spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office declined to comment on the second grand jury. Vance, a Democrat, will step down at the end of the year.
A lawyer for the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday. Mary Mulligan, a lawyer for Weisselberg, declined to comment.
The second grand jury could end its term without indicting anyone.