New York Attorney General Sues Trump and His Three Eldest Children for Fraud | International
A new judicial front was opened at home this Wednesday for Donald Trump. The attorney general of the State of New York, Letitia James, a longtime opponent, has sued him and his three eldest children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, “for engaging for years in financial fraud aimed at their own enrichment and of the Trump Organization,” James, who has been investigating these practices for three years, clarified on Twitter. At a press conference, she later stated her conviction that “Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system.” For this, he wants to impose a fine of about 250 million dollars (a similar amount of euros) on the family.
The 220-page lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan court, holds the father, children and the company they have shared for years responsible for “numerous acts of fraud and manipulation” of Trump’s tax returns between 2011 and 2021. During the second part of that decade, the main defendant was the president of the United States.
James’ investigation has focused on clarifying whether the value of the tycoon’s properties was altered to obtain tax benefits, as well as to obtain bank loans. “There are not two sets of laws for the people of this nation: former presidents must respond like the rest of Americans,” the attorney general said.
Today, I filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump for engaging in years of financial fraud to enrich himself, his family, and the Trump Organization.
There aren’t two sets of laws for people in this nation: former presidents must be held to the same standards as everyday Americans.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) September 21, 2022
Beyond the monumental fine, the goals of the lawsuit are: to ban the Trumps from ever doing business in New York State, to ban their organization from the city’s real estate market for five years, and to share the fruits of their investigations. with the Department of Justice, which has two open cases against the tycoon: for his actions in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and for the classified documents that he took from the White House and were found in early August , during an FBI search of his residence in Mar-A-Lago, Florida.
James told reporters that when he testified under oath during the investigation, Trump repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights to avoid testifying against himself.
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The former president has been more eloquent when dispatching the latest accusations, which he denies, as part of a “political persecution” strategy, an argument that is not new: he reuses it whenever the opportunity arises to criticize the judicial investigations that in recent years months are surrounding it in the imminence of the November legislative elections, in which Democrats and Republicans, still under the shadow of Trump, are playing for control of the Capitol. Donald Jr., the son who exhibits greater harmony with the father, has reacted to the news from New York with a message on Twitter in which a video of James is accompanied by the following message: “The bullshit of the hunting of Democrat witches continues!”.
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