Michael Cohen, former President Donald Trump’s former fixer, is meeting for the eighth time with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office on Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Prosecutors have increased the frequency of their interviews with Cohen since they began in the fall of 2019 soon after the district attorney’s office subpoenaed Trump’s accountant for his taxes.
Cohen, who worked for Trump for about a decade and once said he would take a bullet for Trump, knows the inner workings of the company. Prosecutors are interested in speaking with Cohen because he can help explain the culture of the company and the relationships between Trump, his family, and Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization.
Prosecutors are investigating whether the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of its assets when dealing with lenders and insurance companies and deflated them when filing taxes.
They are also investigating tax deductions taken on fees paid to consultants, including Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter, and conservation easements given on Seven Springs, a family estate in Westchester County, NY.
The investigation is also looking into a $130 million loan for a Chicago property. In addition, they are also looking into hush-money payments Cohen facilitated to silence two women who alleged affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.