The US has launched a criminal investigation against the Trump company
The US Attorney General’s Office in New York has announced a criminal investigation into the company of former US President Donald Trump’s Trump Organization, NBC reports.
“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil. We are now actively conducting a criminal investigation in conjunction with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, ” Fabien Lewa, a spokesperson for the New York State Attorney’s Office, said in a statement.
Last year, a grand jury in a case led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance requested financial documents from the Trump Organization for the past eight years. Vance has previously stated that he is conducting a criminal investigation of Trump’s financial affairs in order to uncover potential violations of state laws by him. In August, the court refused to consider a request by Trump’s lawyers to ban access to his financial documents.
Trump’s financial documents, primarily his tax returns, became the subject of intrigue during the 2016 election campaign. In contrast to the established practice, Trump did not make public information about his financial affairs, referring to the fact that his business and declarations are subject to financial audits.