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New York’s Democrat AG Announces Anti-Trump ‘Criminal’ Investigation

NY Attorney General Letitia James changes nature of Trump Organization probe

 on 20th May 2021 @ 1.00am
ny ag letitia james says her anti trump case is now a  criminal  investigation © press
NY AG Letitia James says her anti-Trump case is now a 'criminal' investigation

New York state's Democrat attorney general, Letitia James, has announced that her anti-Trump case has now become a "criminal" investigation.

The office of the NY AG issued a statement to Fox News, confirming a change in its probe of the Trump Organization.

After initially being a civil matter, the case has now become a criminal investigation, the statement said.

"We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature," James spokesman Fabien Levy wrote in a statement to Fox News.

"We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA," Levy added.

"We have no additional comment at this time."

the move appears to be part of a wider anti trump campaign in new york © press
The move appears to be part of a wider anti-Trump campaign in New York

James’ office has been investigating possible violations by the Trump Organization over the way it has valued its holdings as it has sought tax breaks and loans, WABC-TV of New York City reported.

The Trump Organization was already informed about the status change for the investigation in late April, The Washington Post reported.

If the investigation results in any criminal charges, those charges would be brought forth by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, not James’ state office, WABC reported.

Both James and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. are Democrats. Vance’s office has been investigating the Trump Organization since 2018, the Post reported.

As James’ office pursued civil charges, the potential risk to the Trump Organization was believed to be only financial.

But the change in status to a criminal case raises the possibility of other penalties for any Trump Organization officials, should they be convicted of a crime, the Post reported.

The Manhattan DA’s office declined to comment to WABC on the matter, according to the station.

The Trump Organization also declined to comment.

The organization has previously denied any wrongdoing, the Post reported.

Eric Trump, a son of President Donald Trump, declined to comment but sent to the Post a video montage of past statements James has made about his father, including calling him an "illegitimate president," the Post reported.

eric trump highlighted several anti trump statements from ag james © press
Eric Trump highlighted several anti-Trump statements from AG James

In another clip, James says, "We’re definitely going to sue him. …

"He’s going to know my name personally."

James’ office is also investigating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, over allegations that include sexually harassing women and misusing state resources to produce a memoir.

Cuomo also has denied any wrongdoing.

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