Former President Donald Trump gives the keynote address at the Faith and Freedom Coalition during their annual conference on June 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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- Manhattan DA prosecutors are readying for a trial against the Trump Organization, a lawyer connected to the case says.
- Jennifer Weisselberg is scheduled to prepare as a witness, according to her lawyer.
- Prosecutors brought criminal charges against the company and CFO Allen Weisselberg a year ago.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is gearing up for a trial against the Trump Organization, an attorney for one of the witnesses told Insider.
Duncan Levin, a lawyer for Jennifer Weisselberg, said the district attorney’s office asked to schedule a meeting with Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who is also a defendant in the case.
Jennifer Weisselberg was instrumental in the district attorney’s office bringing its case. In a May filing, prosecutors disclosed that a media interview with her about untaxed “fringe benefits” at the company, published in November 2020, spurred investigators to bring charges. In July 2021, prosecutors brought a 15-count grand jury indictment accusing her former father-in-law and former President Donald Trump’s company of evading millions of dollars in taxes.
“They’ve indicated to us that she’s a key witness for the trial,” Levin told Insider. “That she’ll be playing a pretty crucial role in breathing life into the documents that they have. And so they’re going to start the process of reviewing the documents with her again, and then she’s ready to testify.”
Jennifer Weisselberg previously told Insider that documents she provided to prosecutors, obtained through her divorce proceedings and from work she personally did for the Trump Organization, described how Allen Weisselberg used company funds to pay for apartments and tuition. According to the indictment, Trump personally signed tuition checks — which prosecutors said amounted to untaxed income.
“She was present during a number of conversations about the payment,” Levin said. “A lot of the fringe benefits were directly for her life.”
The Trump Organization’s Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, center, awaits a car after leaving a courtroom appearance in New York, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.
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Levin declined to say whether his client spoke to the Manhattan grand jury the DA’s office has empaneled for the case, citing grand jury secrecy rules.
A representative for the Manhattan DA’s office didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Lawyers for the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg have denied wrongdoing and have described the indictment as politically motivated.
A date for the trial has not yet been set. Judge Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the case in a New York court, scheduled a hearing date for July 12 where he is expected to finalize a trial date.
The Manhattan DA’s indictment against the Trump Organization and its CFO is part of a larger ongoing investigation into whether the former president’s company broke tax, bank, and insurance laws by misrepresenting property values.
It runs parallel to a civil investigation into the same issues from the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James, which has also used documents obtained from Jennifer Weisselberg. That investigation has appeared to move along at a faster pace, with James securing subpoenas for depositions from members of the Trump family.