Rabu, 19 Mei 2021

The Trump Organisation is now being investigated in a 'criminal capacity' in New York probe - SBS News

The Trump Organisation is being investigated in a "criminal capacity" by the New York state attorney general's office, a spokesman said Tuesday, as prosecutors advance their probe into former president Donald Trump's business dealings.

"We have informed the Trump Organisation that our investigation into the organisation is no longer purely civil in nature," a spokesman for Attorney General Letitia James' office said.

"We are now actively investigating the Trump Organisation in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA," spokesman Fabien Levy said.

The organisation is the holding company of hundreds of Trump entities, ranging from hotels to golf courses.

Mr Trump, who left the White House in January, denies wrongdoing and has previously described the investigation into his finances by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat, as "a continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in the history of our country."

Ms James' office has meanwhile also been investigating allegations of bank fraud and insurance fraud through civil proceedings.

New York Attorney General Letitia James.

New York Attorney General Letitia James.

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Bolstering its legal team, the Trump Organisation in early April hired a veteran criminal defence attorney, 84-year-old Ronald Fischetti.

The district attorney's investigation initially focused on hush payments made to two women who allege they had affairs with Mr Trump, but had expanded to allegations of tax evasion, and insurance and bank fraud.

That investigation is being carried out behind closed doors in front of a grand jury, and appeared to be progressing with Vance's team receiving eight years of Mr Trump's tax returns in March.

Six months after losing the US presidential election, millions of Republicans still look to Mr Trump as their leader, despite his repeat baseless claims that President Joe Biden prevailed because of fraud.

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2021-05-19 04:45:20Z

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