Donald Trump’s name is on the lips of a great many lawyers as of late, and for a number of reasons.
Trump was a man targeted by the liberal left for years, before and during his presidency. Now that he’s out of office, and Robert Mueller’s reading of the OLC’s decision-making is no longer in vogue, there are a number of eager prosecutors looking to take on The Don.
In New York City, of all places, it appears as though the probe is beginning to ratchet up.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and a newly hired high-profile litigator interviewed Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, on Thursday, as part of a criminal probe of the former president’s business dealings, said two people familiar with the investigation.
The interview came after Mark Pomerantz, who has extensive experience in white-collar and organized crime cases, joined District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s team investigating the Trump family business. Pomerantz started on Feb. 2 as special assistant district attorney, said Danny Frost, a spokesman for Vance.
Pomerantz’s hiring is part of a flurry of recent activity in Vance’s investigation, including the issuance in recent days of roughly a dozen new subpoenas, according to the sources. One of those went to Ladder Capital Finance LLC, a major creditor used by Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, to finance the former president’s commercial real estate holdings, the sources said.
Vance’s office has also conducted interviews with Ladder’s staff, one source familiar with the matter said. Ladder did not reply to requests for comment.
Trump has not been charged with any crimes since leaving office, however, which has led some to wonder if this isn’t all just bluster anyhow.