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How Trump Plans To Defame New York Prosecutors Probing His Business

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

While the criminal investigations of former President Donald Trump often make the news with fresh developments, many of these revelations don't truly amount to much. On Tuesday, though, there was a significant exception to this pattern when multiple reports found that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who is working with the state's Attorney General Letitia James, has impaneled a special grand jury of his investigation of Trump and the Trump Organization. This suggests that serious charges may be on the horizon.

After the news broke, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, a longtime close observer of the president, explained how he will fight back against the investigations as it threatens to ensnare him or his interests.

"Trump is going to use talk of running again as a way to tar the Vance/James probes," she wrote on Twitter. "From his latest statement in response to the grand jury being empaneled: 'Interesting that today a poll came out indicating I'm far in the lead for the Republican Presidential Primary…'"

He has already suggested that he intends to run for president again in 2024 (even as he insists that he really won in 2020 and thus should be president now.) It's one way he can maintain power in the Republican Party and at least some level of attention from the media.

But Haberman is right that dangling a run — genuine or not — can be helpful in his effort to tar the investigations that target him. As long as he remains a potential candidate, he can say that criminal charges are just an effort to keep him out of power by his political enemies. Of course, that won't make an indictment go away — but it will likely be a potent message for his fans.

Since many are already primed to believe the 2020 election was stolen from him, it's not hard to imagine the prospect of his facing serious criminal charges could inspire more dangerous and lawless actions from his supporters like those seen on January 6.

In the case of Letitia James, the criticism that she's a political enemy of his does have some genuine force. She explicitly campaigned in 2018 on investigating Trump, and she has used her investigation of him to elevate her profile. Vance is a more complicated story though. A ProPublica report actually found that Vance went easy on the Trump family as his office prepared to indict two of Trump's children in 2012. After Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz donated $25,000 to Vance, he reportedly overruled his own prosecutors and declined to bring the charges.

Ex-Wife Of Trump Organization Executive Is Talking To Prosecutors

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

The ex-wife of an executive who works for the Trump Organization has reportedly spoken with Manhattan District Attorney's Office investigators on multiple occasions as part of the investigation into former President Donald Trump's personal and business finances, according to NBC News.

During an interview, Jennifer Weisselberg revealed that investigators appear to be gathering information about Allan Weisselberg, her ex-husband Barry Weisselberg's father and the current chief financial officer of the Trump Organization.

Allan Weisselberg and his sons have reportedly been targeted by investigators for a number of reasons. Not only does the elder Weisselberg have a decades-long relationship with the former president, but he also has "the most complete understanding of the Trump Organization's inner financial workings."

In the interview, Jennifer Weisselberg explained her ex-father-in-law's relationship with Trump. "He discusses everything with him," she said, adding, "And Donald trusts him to continue the legacy the way his father set things up."

She revealed how noted deeply committed the Weisselberg family is to the Trump Organization. "It absolutely defines who they are," she said. "Allen would not take an hour or day off if Donald was in the office because I think he felt like he had to be there all the time."

Jennifer Weisselberg also admitted that she provided documents for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's investigators. However, she did not offer details about their contents. "I have no reason to be here except that I am not a woman who is willing to live a life of secrecy, out of fear, any longer," she said.

"I think it's important that I don't compromise the investigation," said Weisselberg.

At one point during the interview, Jennifer Weisselberg shared details about the dark side of her 14-year marriage to Barry Weisselberg. She also explained how they all play hardball to get what they want or achieve any goals they have.

"They control people by compensating you with homes and things," Weisselberg said. "It's not easy to walk away when they provide your home. They will out resource me in the courts forever, and I have tried to be graceful, and I have tried to handle this privately. And they are not agreeing to do so at all. What choice do I have?"

Jennifer Weisselberg's remarks come as the Manhattan District Attorney's Office continues its investigation into Trump and his organization.