On Tuesday (May 18) New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her office would join a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization already underway by the Manhattan district attorney.
Donald Trump and members of his family have been the focus of both James’ civil probe and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s criminal inquiry, and now the two are working together.
The announcement came after James’ office contacted Trump that the nature of the investigation had shifted.
“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature,” Fabian Levy, a spokesperson for James said in a statement. “We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan D.A. We have no additional comment at this time.”
According to The New York Times, Vance has been investigating Trump’s long-time chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg for months. Vance subpoenaed records from Weisselberg’s bank and the private school his grandchildren attend. Eight years of Trump’s tax returns were also obtained by Vance after aggressive push back from the former president.
In the civil probe, James has been investigating real estate holdings by Trump and others within the organization.
Trump is also the target of a criminal investigation in Georgia. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis launched a probe into his attempts to change the outcome of the state’s election results.
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