Former President Donald Trump’s company has hired Ronald Fischetti, an experience criminal defense lawyer, to represent it in the broad criminal investigation underway by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr’s office, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday night. Fischetti, 84, and Trump Organization lawyer Alan Futerfas confirmed the hire, both telling the Journal they are pleased with the arrangement.
Vance’s office is investigating potential bank, tax, and insurance fraud tied to Trump’s properties in New York and Chicago. As the investigation heated up, Vance brought on a forensic accounting firm to go over Trump’s tax and accounting records and hired former federal prosecutor Mark Pomerantz as special assistant district attorney. Fischetti and Pomerantz were law partners for about eight years in the 1980s. Pomerantz is “straight as an arrow,” Fischetti told the Journal. “We are both professionals, so there won’t be any problems.”
People close to Trump and the Trump Organization reached out to several New York lawyers and alumni of the Manhattan D.A.’s office before landing on Fischetti, the Journal reports. “Many had a reputation for being aggressive advocates.”