They open a criminal investigation against the business conglomerate of former President Donald Trump.
New York Attorney General Letitia James has announced that she will join the Manhattan district attorney’s office in a criminal investigation against the business conglomerate led by former US President Donald Trump , local media reported on Tuesday.
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The investigation by the attorney general’s office on the Trump Organization, which has been ongoing since 2019, will also continue as a civil investigation, although an investigation with a criminal component is now being opened on it and in parallel.
“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into their conglomerate is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating Trump’s businesses for their alleged criminal activity, along with the Manhattan District Attorney,” the Manhattan District Attorney confirmed to CNN. James spokesman, Fabien Levy.
This new aspect of the investigation focuses on whether the Trump conglomerate misled lenders and insurance companies about the value of the properties and whether it paid the corresponding taxes for the transactions it carried out.
James’ notification to the organization brings a new level of legal risk for the former president, in the face of his possible candidacy for the next presidential elections, since the attorney general can now request criminal sanctions as part of the investigation.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office is examining millions of pages of documents that include Trump’s tax returns.
According to the US network, a person familiar with the investigations said that a pair of investigators from the New York attorney general’s office, who have thoroughly analyzed the Trump Organization, have joined the district attorney’s team.
Donald Trump recently said that these investigations by the New York attorney general are politically motivated.