Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced Friday that he will not run for re-electionbut it sure sounds like hes trying his hardest to ensure his last months in office come to a dramatic climax as he weighs up whether to charge a case against former President Donald Trump. . . In a piece for The New Yorker, investigative journalist Jane Mayer reports that Vances office has dramatically accelerated the investigation into Trumps business dealings in recent weeksparticularly since it got its hands on Trumps tax records at the end of a long legal battle last month. As one person said to be closely involved in the investigation told The New Yorker. They mean business now. . . It hit metheyre closer. . . One interesting new detail from the probe comes from Jennifer Weisselbergthe former daughter-in-law of Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. Allen Weisselberg has reportedly been identified by prosecutors as the most likely candidate to flip against Trump and spill all the gory details of his business dealings. And, by the sounds of it, his former daughter-in-law has already picked her side. . . In her first substantial public comments on the case, Jennifer Weisselberg confirmed that shes spoken to investigators about ex-husband Barry Weisselbergs time managing the Trump-operated ice-skating rink and carousel in Central Park. Specifically, Jennifer Weisselberg said that investigators have asked about the seven rent-free years they spent in a Trump-owned apartment overlooking Central Park. . . Only a small part of your salary is reported, she said. They pay you with apartments and other stuff, as a control tactic, so you cant leave. They own you! You have to do whatever corrupt crap they ask. If this alleged gift wasnt declared in tax forms, prosecutors could use it against the coupleand as leverage to tempt Allen Weisselberg into cooperating. . . Allen Weisselberg Is the Trump Exec Who Could Take Down the Donald. . However, Jennifer Weisselberg thinks its unlikely her ex-father-in-law will play ball, saying. He has more feelings and adoration for Donald than for his wife. . . For Donald, its a business. But for Allen, its a love affair. As an example, she recalled to Mayer being hit on by Trump in front of her then father-in-lawat a shivah for Allens deceased motherand said with incredulity. He didnt stand up for me! Jennifer Weisselberg also said that, at the same event to mourn the dead, Trump showed people photographs of naked women with him on a yacht. . . Separately, Mayer also reported the first details of the whereabouts of Trumps tax documents after they were provided to the Manhattan District Attorneys Office in February. The hard drive is believed to be in an incredibly high-security chamber within the Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building. The chamber is reported to be sealed by bank-vault-style doors, and lined with copper foil to stop remote tampering attempts. . . Meanwhile, CNN reported Friday that Trumps time in the White House has given New York prosecutors a possible boost for any case against Trump. Prosecutors have reportedly discussed using a section of New York criminal procedure that allows for the extension of the statute of limitations if a defendant has been out of state continuously, as Trump has been since he took office in 2017. According to CNN, prosecutors think that could afford them more time to investigate Trumps business dealings. . . House Intel Will Call Trump Org Moneyman Allen Weisselberg to Testify. . However, while the investigation is heating up, there is clearly still a lot of work to do before Vance departs office in nine monthsand theres still a possibility that the investigation will be closed with no charges. . . Preet Bharara, the former U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told The New Yorker, All the signals indicate that theres a belief on the part of that office that theres a good chance of a charge. . . But no one should be under the illusion that this is easy or a slam-dunk case.
Today in History
Today is Wednesday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2021. There are 303 days left in the year.
Todayâs Highlight in History:
On March 3, 1931, âThe Star-Spangled Bannerâ became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution.
On this date:
In 1791, Congress passed a measure taxing distilled spirits; it was the first internal revenue act in U.S. history.
In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure creating the National Academy of Sciences.
In 1887, Anne Sullivan arrived at the Tuscumbia, Alabama, home of Captain and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher for their deaf-blind 6-year-old daughter, Helen.
In 1943, in Londonâs East End, 173 people died in a crush of bodies at the Bethnal Green tube station, which was being used as a wartime air raid shelter.
In 1945, the Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II.
In 1960, Lucille Ball filed for divorce from her husband, Desi Arnaz, a day after they had finished filming the last episode of âThe Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show.â
In 1974, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board.
In 1991, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video. Twenty-five people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs airport.
In 1996, Israel declared âtotal warâ against the militant group Hamas after a bus bomb in Jerusalem killed 19 people, including the bomber, the third such suicide attack in eight days.
In 2001, a plane carrying members of a National Guard engineering crew crashed in heavy rain near Macon, Ga., killing all 21 people on board.
In 2019, a tornado roared into the small community of Beauregard, Alabama, killing 23 people; it was the nationâs deadliest tornado in nearly six years.
Ten years ago: Seeking to repair damaged relations, President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon agreed during a White House meeting to deepen their cooperation in combating drug violence and declared a breakthrough in efforts to end a long-standing dispute over cross-border trucking. Soldiers backing Ivory Coastâs defiant leader, Laurent Gbagbo, mowed down women protesting his refusal to leave power in a hail of gunfire, killing seven.
Five years ago: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz leveled withering criticism at Donald Trumpâs âflexibleâ policy positions and personal ethics during a Republican presidential debate in Detroit. President Barack Obama visited Milwaukee to highlight how his signature health insurance overhaul had helped millions of Americans gain coverage. North Korea fired six short-range projectiles into the sea hours after the U.N. Security Council approved the toughest sanctions on Pyongyang in two decades.
One year ago: In a surprise move, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a half-point, its largest cut in more than a decade, to support the economy in the face of the spreading coronavirus. Stocks rallied briefly on the news, then went into another steep slide. The known virus death toll in the United States climbed to nine; most victims were residents of a Seattle-area nursing home. The number of virus patients who had died in Italy rose to 79, the most of any nation outside of China. The head of the World Health Organization asked people to stop hoarding masks, saying they were needed by health care workers. A series of tornadoes struck middle Tennessee, including one that carved a 60-mile path in and around Nashville; the storms left 24 people dead. Joe Biden scored wins in states across the Democratsâ Super Tuesday presidential primary map.
Todayâs Birthdays: Singer-musician Mike Pender (The Searchers) is 80. Movie producer-director George Miller is 76. Actor Hattie Winston is 76. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 74. Actor-director Tim Kazurinsky is 71. Singer-musician Robyn Hitchcock is 68. Actor Robert Gossett is 67. Rock musician John Lilley is 67. Actor Miranda Richardson is 63. Rock musician John Bigham is 62. Radio personality Ira Glass is 62. Actor Mary Page Keller is 60. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 59. Former NFL player and College Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker is 59. Actor Laura Harring is 57. Contemporary Christian musician Duncan Phillips (Newsboys) is 57. Rapper-actor Tone Loc is 55. Actor Julie Bowen is 51. Country singer Brett Warren (The Warren Brothers) is 50. Actor David Faustino is 47. Gospel singer Jason Crabb is 44. Singer Ronan Keating (Boyzone) is 44. Rapper Lilâ Flip is 40. Actor Jessica Biel is 39. Rock musician Blower (AKA Joe Garvey) (Hinder) is 37. Musician Brett Hite (Frenship) is 35. Pop singer Camila Cabello is 24. Actor Thomas Barbusca (TV: âThe Mickâ) is 18. Actor Reylynn Caster is 18.