Trump’s lawyers say a court-appointed monitor would not provide sufficient oversight of the Trump Organization

Manhattan judge to appoint outside monitor for Trump Organization’s business practices

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York judge on Friday appointed an outside monitor to run the Trump Organization’s business operations in the United States and New York, a move that will allow federal regulators greater oversight of the president’s sprawling business interests.

Judge James Burke appointed Geoffrey R. MacLean of the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP to serve as the temporary chief executive officer of the Trump Organization, according to an order he signed.

“The president has taken great steps to separate himself from his business ventures,” MacLean will be officially named as president of the Trump Organization at a news conference on Monday, Burke said.

The appointment of MacLean was confirmed by Trump’s lawyers on Friday.

The order appointing MacLean, who has no experience running a major business enterprise, came after a federal judge in Manhattan denied requests by Trump’s lawyers for a court-appointed monitor to oversee his sprawling businesses.

Lawyers for the president’s business empire and its largest creditors appealed that ruling and are trying to persuade U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, who last week barred Trump’s administration from taking any actions that could delay or stymie the administration’s effort to restructure his sprawling business affairs.

Trump has said he wants to resolve his businesses without court oversight and has attacked the judge for her rulings on his efforts to place his holdings in a blind trust and for ordering the Trump Organization to turn over documents.

Trump’s lawyers have argued that a monitor appointed by Preska would not provide sufficient oversight of the Trump Organization “because he lacks expertise in real estate management and the Trump Organization is unique in its international financial and business structure.”

The dispute over the judge’s rulings has roiled Trump’s administration, which has been dogged by a series of investigations by federal and state law-enforcement officials.

“President Trump welcomes the appointment of Geoffrey MacLean as the permanent chief executive officer of the Trump Organization,” the White House said. “We look forward to having Geoffrey manage the Trump Organization as it continues to serve American consumers and our nation’s working families.”

White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said the Trump

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