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Trump Organization chief operating officer Matthew Calamari, who was under investigation as part of a large-scale investigation into former President Donald Trump’s company, should not be charged, said Wednesday his lawyer.

Calamari’s attorney, Nicholas Gravante Jr., confirmed that prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told him that “at this time, they have no plans to indict him.”

A spokesperson for District Attorney Cy Vance declined to comment on Gravante’s statement, which was first reported by The New York Times.

The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, were indicted in July in what prosecutors described as a 15-year program to compensate senior executives at Trump’s company “off the books” and put them off. help avoid paying taxes.

The Trump Organization has pleaded not guilty to tax evasion, falsification of business records, and other charges. Weisselberg, 74, pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery and tax evasion, among others, after prosecutors accused him of personally avoiding taxes on $ 1.7 million of his income.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported in June that Calamari, Trump’s former bodyguard, was under investigation into whether he too had tax-free benefits. from the company. A person familiar with the matter confirmed in June that Calamari was under investigation.

NBC News reported in September that Calamari’s son Matthew Calamari Jr., who also works for the company, was called to testify before the grand jury during the district attorney’s investigation into whether Trump and his company misled banks, insurance companies or the state. of New York on his tax returns regarding the value of his properties or the internal financial workings of his business.

Vance’s investigation, which led to two Supreme Court fights and forced Trump’s accountants to file his tax returns, has been ongoing since at least the summer of 2019.

Vance has indicated that he intends to complete the investigation by the end of his tenure, which expires Dec.31. He will be replaced by fellow Democrat Alvin Bragg, who investigated the now-closed Trump Foundation when he was in the state attorney general’s office. .

Asked by MSNBC’s Ari Melber in June about how he would approach the investigation, Bragg replied, “I go where the facts go.”


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