Trump Organizing Director Matthew Calamari Jr. to Testify for Manhattan District Attorney
Matthew Calamari Jr., who is the director of security for the Trump Organization and the son of the company’s chief operating officer, is expected to testify before a grand jury this week as part of the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation into company finances. . Loading
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“I won’t comment on the details, but if any of my clients are subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury, they have no choice but to do so and will appear and testify honestly,” said Nicholas Gravante, who represents both Calamaris, Insider says. “As I have said many times, they haven’t done anything wrong and have nothing to hide.”
Calamari received a subpoena for his testimony, his lawyer told Insider. Prosecutors have long sought cooperation from Calamari and his father, Matthew Calamari, who has worked for the Trump Organization for decades. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the summons.
Trump Organization comptroller Jeffrey McConney is also expected to testify before the grand jury this week, according to The Journal.
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The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been investigating the finances of the Trump Organization since 2019. In July, it laid tax charges against the former president’s company and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg. Weisselberg and lawyers for the Trump organization have pleaded not guilty.
The Journal reported in August that McConney was an anonymous accomplice not charged in the indictment. McConney had already testified before the July indictments and was responsible for preparing the Calamari eldest’s personal tax returns, according to The Journal.
Prosecutors are said to have looked into whether either of the Calamari avoided paying appropriate taxes on fringe benefits such as apartments and cars. Gravante told Insider he is in talks with prosecutors over the taxes of the Elder Calamari.
Grand jury rules will allow young Calamari to receive immunity from the investigation for testifying and say prosecutors will not lay charges against him.
âThe tax treatment of his apartment and car was 100% justified because both were absolutely necessary for his job,â he told Insider in an earlier statement. âI don’t see how someone acting in good faith could possibly accuse him of a crime. He worked hand in hand with law enforcement day after day, 365 days a year. He is a model citizen.
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