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James’ office is conducting a full investigation into former President Donald Trump and his family for allegedly misrepresenting property values for tax breaks. In February the Supreme Court did paved the way Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s team received Trump’s tax returns and financial records for eight years as part of Vance’s criminal investigation into potential tax, insurance and banking fraud.
The new development appears to expand the potential liability for Trump, who is now facing separate criminal investigations by New York prosecutors, and also suggests working together on the two investigations.
James’ investigation began in 2019 after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen said in a congressional hearing that Trump increased the value of assets for banks to get better credit and insurance and undervalued them to lower his tax bill. Vance’s investigation also appears to focus on allegations made by Cohen, who has also alleged Trump committed fraud while dealing with insurance companies that have denied Trump and the Trump Organization.
James’ office has focused on Trump real estate, including the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago and 40 Wall Street in New York City.
James promised to hold Trump accountable and she led dozen of efforts to challenge the Trump administration on a number of issues while Trump was in office. A judge last fall commanded the son of former President Eric Trump Answer questions under oath as part of the investigation
“Today’s order from the court makes it clear that no one is above the law, not even an organization or a person named Trump,” James said in a statement at the time.
Jen Weisselberg, former daughter-in-law of Allen Weisselberg, CFO of the Trump Organization, said she was cooperating with both probes.
Both James and Vance are Democrats. Trump previously described the investigation as a politically motivated “witch hunt”.
Vance resigned on December 31st when he said in March that he would not run for re-election. Vance’s investigation has also looked into possible hush money payments to women for Trump.
A spokesman for Vance’s office declined to comment on Tuesday evening.
The New York Times reported that Trump paid little taxes, including just $ 750 in federal taxes in 2017, a report that Trump called “false news.” Their coverage also showed that he has received some hefty refunds.
Florida police officers have prepared for the scenario where Vance could potentially indict Trump while he is at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida previously said POLITICO.
A possible extradition of Trump could be complicated as the law allows Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a prominent Trump ally, to step in and investigate whether someone who has been charged should “be turned over on an out-of-state charge.” “. If Trump were indicted at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, it would likely be different, as the state has laws similar to Florida on extradition, but also has a Democratic governor.
Representatives from Trump and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment.