Ivanka Trump could be the next target for Manhattan's district attorney, according to a former federal prosecutor

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Ivanka Trump could be the next target for Manhattan's district attorney, according to a former federal prosecutor
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  • Ivanka Trump could be the next target for Manhattan's DA, a former federal prosecutor said.
  • The district attorney is investigating whether Donald Trump and his family committed financial crimes.
  • The Trump Organization and its CFO, a long-serving Trump deputy, have been charged with tax crimes.

Ivanka Trump could be the next target of the Manhattan district attorney's criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump and his family, a former federal prosecutor said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on Thursday charged the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, with tax crimes as part of the investigation into whether Trump's company committed financial crimes.

Cynthia Alksne, a legal analyst for MSNBC and a former assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York, said on Monday that the indictment unsealed last week indicated that Ivanka Trump could be next to face charges.

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"This is an opening salvo," Alksne told MSNBC's Alicia Menendez.

"Ordinarily, or quite often, New York state indictments are not as detailed as this. And the prosecutors went to an amazing amount of effort to show Weisselberg, 'We have everything we need.'

"And they're really not only pressuring him to flip, but the amount of detail in this indictment tells me that they're trying to tell other people, 'You have got to flip, because we have everything,'" she said.

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Alksne suggested that the identity of a co-conspirator referred to in the indictment was more likely to be one of Donald Trump's children than the former president himself.

"I would focus on the kids," Alksne said, adding: "We've heard a lot of this reporting about Ivanka Trump getting consulting fees - consulting fees for things that she may or may not have done. That looks to me like the next place."

Michael D'Antonio, who wrote a biography of Donald Trump, also speculated on Sunday that Ivanka Trump could be in legal trouble.

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"The other person who I think is in peril is Ivanka Trump," D'Antonio told CNN's Jim Acosta. "One of the things that Allen Weisselberg is in trouble for is taking money as a contractor and then claiming self-employed status so that he can get some of the retirement benefits that the tax code allows for self-employed people.

"Well, we know that Ivanka Trump got quite significant sums paid to her as nonemployee compensation that freed the Trump Organization from paying part of her taxes, and it put her in a status that I think the IRS would have lots of questions about."

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