New York prosecutors investigating Donald Trump‘s business empire are questioning witnesses about two sons of his long-time finance chief Allen Weisselberg, according to a new report.
Investigators in Manhattan are looking at transactions involving Barry Weisselberg, who managed two ice rinks run by the Trump Organization, and his brother Jack Weisselberg, a director at a prominent Trump lender, according to Bloomberg.
None of the Weisselbergs has been accused of wrongdoing, but the attention from prosecutors has sparked speculation that Allen Weisselberg could co-operate with the Manhattan district attorney’s office and ‘flip on Trump’.
Weisselberg senior has worked for the Trump family business since 1973 and is still the organization’s chief financial officer, and was granted partial immunity three years ago for his testimony in the Michael Cohen case.
Allen Weisselberg, pictured between Donald Trump and his son Don Jr, is the longtime chief financial officer for the Trump Organization
Allen Weisselberg’s sons Barry (left) and Jack (right) have both had ties to the Trump business, with Barry running New York City ice rinks on behalf of the organization while Jack works for a major Trump lender
The investigation by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance’s office is thought to be looking at Trump’s dealings with a range of firms including Ladder Capital, where Jack Weisselberg is a director.
Ladder Capital has lent at least $110million to Trump businesses, according to disclosure forms, making it one of his biggest creditors after Deutsche Bank.
Investigators are said to be looking at transactions involving both firms, although Deutsche Bank last month cut ties with Trump following the violence at the Capitol.
The January 6 riot also led New York City to cancel Trump’s contracts to run two ice-skating rinks and a carousel that were managed by Barry Weisselberg.
Prosecutors are said to have asked witnesses about Weisselberg’s role in managing the Central Park Carousel and the Wollman and Lasker skating rinks.
DailyMail.com has approached a Weisselberg lawyer, Ladder Capital and the Trump Organization for comment, but Bloomberg says neither they nor the district attorney’s office offered any response when approached by Bloomberg.
Barry Weisselberg ran the Wollman Rink in Central Park, pictured, one of the Trump-operated attractions which the city says will no longer be linked to Trump after the events of January 6
Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance, pictured, is investigating business dealings involving the Trump Organization
The focus on the Weisselbergs is thought to have started months ago, after Allen Weisselberg was previously questioned about the Cohen hush-money payoff to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal before the 2016 election.
Weisselberg was granted immunity for his grand jury testimony in the Cohen case in 2018, which led to Cohen being jailed for three years on various charges.
The 73-year-old CFO first joined the Trump business working for Fred Trump, the former president’s father, in 1973.
Seen as an intensely private, loyal numbers man, Weisselberg has rarely been in the spotlight except for a short-lived turn as a judge on The Apprentice.
Trump testified in a case years ago that Weisselberg was the one who values his properties and other assets.
He was registered as a Democrat for years and gave money to New York Democrats including Chuck Schumer and Mario Cuomo before switching to the Republican party ahead of the 2016 election.
Weisselberg senior was granted partial immunity three years ago for his testimony in the Michael Cohen case (Cohen is pictured leaving federal court in 2018)
The prosecutor’s office scored a separate victory in the investigation last week when it finally obtained copies of Trump’s elusive tax records.
The documents were finally handed over last week after the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s last-ditch effort to keep them private.
Vance had been fighting for a year and a half to see the documents, which are protected by grand jury secrecy rules and are not expected to be made public.
The New York Times separately obtained years of Trump’s tax data and published stories last year detailing some of his finances last year.
It included the revelation that he paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2017 and no income tax at all in 11 out of 18 years because of major losses.
In a three-word statement after the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, Vance said only: ‘The work continues.’
Trump has called Vance’s investigation ‘a fishing expedition’ and ‘a continuation of the witch hunt – the greatest witch hunt in history.’
Vance’s term expires at the end of the year and he has not announced if he will seek reelection, leaving questions about who will lead any Trump-related prosecutions.
The former president also faces possible legal scrutiny over his efforts to overturn his election defeat to Joe Biden, which culminated in the January 6 riot.
As well as the Capitol attack itself, prosecutors are looking into Trump’s call to Georgia officials asking them to doctor the results in a state won by Biden.
Even GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell has said that Trump is ‘still liable for everything he did while in office’.