Prosecutors in New York reportedly subpoenaed a Manhattan private school for information regarding Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg’s two grandchildren.
A subpoena was served to Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, where Weisselberg’s grandchildren attend, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Thursday, which also noted his former daughter-in-law said she informed Manhattan prosecutors that hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of tuition checks, more than $500,000 from 2012 to 2019, were signed by either Weisselberg himself or former President Donald Trump.
Frank Perrone Jr., an attorney for Columbia Grammar, would not confirm or deny the existence of the subpoena when CNN reached out for comment.
“We do comply with lawful requests from the authorities,” Perrone told the outlet, adding, “The school’s position is that we can’t comment and don’t comment on issues involving students, their families or alumni.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is investigating the Trump Organization for possible bank, tax, or insurance fraud. On Thursday, sources told Politico that officials in Palm Beach County, Florida, are reportedly preparing for a possible indictment of Trump and extradition to New York.
The Wall Street Journal reported Jennifer Weisselberg, the mother of the two children, told Manhattan prosecutors that she and her ex-husband Barry, who is Allen Weisselberg’s son, believed the tuition payments were part of a compensation package for her ex-husband.
In addition, the outlet reported former prosecutors not involved in the investigation said the Manhattan district attorney’s team may be looking into whether the Weisselbergs engaged in tax evasion with the tuition payments. Allen Weisselberg has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
“We are aware of the subpoena from news reports,” Jennifer Weisselberg’s attorney Duncan Levin told CNN on Thursday, adding she would not make further remarks on matters relating to her children at this time. Levin added, “Jen Weisselberg has plenty to say on this subject, but she will continue to provide that and other information to relevant authorities including the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.”
The district attorney’s office obtained documents from Jennifer Weisselberg following a subpoena issued for financial records on April 8. The subpoena requested documents provided by Barry Weisselberg and some related to divorce proceedings.
Jennifer Weisselberg was subpoenaed to produce all the records she owns for her ex-husband’s bank accounts, credit cards, and statements related to his net worth and taxes. “My knowledge of the documents and my voice connect the flow of money from various banks and from personal finances that bleed directly into the Trump Organization,” she said in a statement at the time.
Barry Weisselberg formerly worked for the Trump Organization, where he managed the Wollman Rink at Central Park and the Central Park Carousel. The businesses were cash-only operations that the Trump Organization was contracted by New York City to run until Mayor Bill de Blasio terminated them shortly before the contracts expired.
An attorney for Allen Weisselberg declined to comment. The Washington Examiner also reached out to an attorney for the Trump Organization, as well as attorneys Perrone Jr. and Levin, but did not immediately receive a response.
The Trump Organization is also under investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump denies any wrongdoing and in February decried what he dubbed a “new phenomenon of ‘headhunting’ prosecutors and AGs.”
Author : Kaelan Deese