The Attorney General’s Office in New York was expected to begin questioning Donald Trump and two of his children on charges of financial fraud today after the former president failed in his legal efforts to block what he has called a politically motivated “witch hunt” , although the landfill has been postponed since Ivana Trump’s death.
Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Jr., have been summoned to make sworn statements after Attorney General Letitia James said a three-year civilian investigation revealed evidence that the Trump organization routinely breathed the value of properties, including offices, up. blocks, apartment buildings and golf courses to obtain loans at favorable prices and to demand tax breaks.
The AG’s office claims that the former president’s Trump Tower apartment block was registered as being three times as large as it actually was as part of the scam.
The rulings will be handed down by the state Supreme Court in Manhattan. It is not immediately clear what day the former president will be questioned, but Trump’s lawyer has indicated he will invoke his constitutional right to self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions.
The case adds to a number of legal issues for Trump, including the possibility of criminal charges of tax evasion. The Trump organization and its longtime finance director, Allen Weisselberg, are expected to stand trial later this year on charges of tax fraud following a parallel investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
In addition, the House Committee examining the storm of the Capitol on January 6 has said there is sufficient evidence to conclude that the former president and some of his allies committed crimes in their attempts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.
Prosecutors in Atlanta, Georgia, have convened a grand jury to consider whether Trump violated state law in an attempt to stop election officials from declaring that Joe Biden won the state. Earlier this month, the grand jury summoned U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani as part of the criminal investigation.
The Trump organization is also facing a lawsuit later this month for an assault by its security guards on protesters against the then presidential candidate’s racist attack on Mexicans in 2015. Trump has denied having ordered the assault.
Trump dropped a series of lawsuits that sought to overturn New York’s civilian investigation as politically driven and then avoid testifying.
A lawyer from the Justice Department’s office told a judge that there is enough evidence to support legal action against the former president and his firm, but that no decision has been made on prosecution. If James continues the case and wins, she can seek an order to wind up the Trump organization.
Trump and all three of his children have also been summoned to make statements next month in a class action lawsuit filed by people who say they were tricked into investing in companies that Trump was paid to support his program, Celebrity Apprentice. “The trumps trick each of these victims into giving up hundreds or thousands of dollars – losses that many saw as devastating and life-changing,” the lawsuit claims.
The landfill delay follows Ivana Trump’s death, Donald Trump’s first wife and mother of Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr.
“In light of Ivana Trump’s passing, we received a request from the attorney for Donald Trump and his children to postpone all three landfills, which we have agreed upon,” the New York Attorney General said.
“This is a temporary delay and the deposits will be rescheduled as soon as possible. There is no other information on dates or anything else to provide at this time.”