Allen WeisselbergThe alleged former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, will be removed from office in Washington, D.C. as part of an investigation by the attorney general’s office there into allegations that the 45th president’s inaugural committee was corrupt. engage in various forms of waste and dispose of non-profit funds themselves.
In Thursday’s hearing, DC Superior Court Judge Yvonne Williams noted that questioning Weisselberg would be “very limited.”
“I didn’t expect to have a fishing expedition,” the judge said.
In January 2020DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine sued two of the then President Donald TrumpHis businesses and his inaugural committee allege that businesses overcharged the inaugural committee and the nonprofit committee broke the law by agreeing to pay above-market rates for use the hotel ballroom and waste up to 1 dollar. million.
“My office is committed to taking a stand against corruption and abuses of public trust,” Racine said in a statement on Thursday. “That’s why we investigate, and when the facts show clear violations of the law, we sue. We look forward to proving our case in court. Fraudsters should never prosper.”
Additionally, Racine alleges the Trump Organization booked a suite at the Loews Madison Hotel in the downtown area of the county. However, more than a dozen people did not show up, and the Trump Organization allegedly failed to pay the bill – just under $50,000. The bill was eventually moved to collections, AG said, and was picked up by the nonprofit’s inaugural committee for violating the law.
According to the attorney general, the committee footing bill is an example of how the Trump family is using the inaugural committee as their own investment fund.
“The Trump Organization is liable for the fees billed,” an allegation filed in January 2021. “The [non-profit committee’s] unfair, unreasonable and unreasonable bill payments, and ultimately awarded [an] unwarranted personal gain for the Trump Organization. ”
The Trump Organization had previously moved to keep Weisselberg out of this litigation.
“He doesn’t seem to have anything to do with [hotel]Weisselberg… because I don’t know why,” said Trump Organization attorney. Rebecca Woods said in the hearing.
But as Racine had argued earlier, Weisselberg could at least play some role.
“As a de facto representative of Donald Trump’s business interests in the relevant period, Mr Weisselberg may have information regarding why [non-profit committee’s] the money was used to pay off a debt owed by the Trump family business,” an earlier filing argued.
Notably, Racine’s office also notes, Weisselberg was asked to review the nonprofit committee’s records in 2017, even though he had no prior affiliation with that entity or business. its.
On Thursday, the court also signed off on a “restricted document request” for documents to be reviewed and “relyed on”. Donald Trump, Jr. in his February 11, 2021, deposited in the case.
After a legal argument, a court continued to let the case continue September 2020, ruled against Trump’s attempt to dismiss the proceedings. Progress has slowed since then.
In November 2021, another judge dismissed the Trump Organization as defendants in the case based on Racine’s failure to bring down two individuals who knew the Trump family. Earlier this weekJudge Williams reinstated the Trump Organization as a defendant, finding that the other judge erred because requests for additional discovery were still pending.
Discovery is expected to be massive in the case of DC.
The trial is currently scheduled for September this year.
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