© Reuters. Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S., September 17, 2022. REUTERS / Gaelen Morse
By Luc Cohen
(Reuters) – Former US President Donald Trump, his three adult children and his family company were sued on Wednesday for what the New York state attorney general called a decade of value fraud. real estate to secure beneficial loans and tax benefits.
Here are some of the investigations and lawsuits Trump faces as he considers another presidential run in 2024.
NEW YORK ATTORNEY CIVIL APARTMENT
New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office discovered more than 200 examples of misleading asset valuations by Trump and the Trump Organization between 2011 and 2021. James accused Trump of inflated values. his net worth to billions of dollars to meet loan terms and get better insurance .
James is seeking to permanently ban Trump, his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump run companies in the state of New York, and prevent them and his company from buying new real estate and taking out new loans in the state for five years. James is also seeking to get defendants to lose about $250 million, which she describes as obtained through fraud.
After James announced the lawsuit, Trump in a social media post called the action “Another Witch Hunt”. A lawyer for Trump called the lawsuit’s claims “futile.”
James said her investigation also uncovered evidence of criminal misconduct, which she referred to federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service for investigation.
NEW CRIMINAL LIABILITY YORK
The Trump Organization will appear in court on October 24 on New York state criminal tax fraud charges. Former CFO Allen Weisselberg, also named as a defendant in the James lawsuit, has pleaded guilty and is expected to testify against the company.
Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, is also investigating whether Trump misled lenders and others about property valuations. Trump has denied wrongdoing and called the investigation politically motivated. Bragg, a Democrat, said Wednesday that the investigation involving Trump and his company is ongoing.
The US Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into Trump for withholding government records, including some that were marked as classified, after leaving office in January 2021. The FBI seized 11,000 documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida during a court-approved trial in August. The searches included about 100 searches that were marked top secret. even top secret.
The department opened an investigation after the National Archives, the US agency responsible for preserving government records, attempted to retrieve missing government property returned by Trump and received 15 boxes with the documents. whether bile is mixed.
Trump has accused the Justice Department of engaging in a partisan witch hunt.
CASE OF SCAM
E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle magazine writer, sued Trump for defamation in 2019 after he denied her allegations that he raped her in the 1990s in a department store in New York City. Trump accused her of lying to increase book sales.
In a letter made public Tuesday, an attorney for Carroll said she also plans to sue Trump for malicious and willful mental distress under a new New York state law that allows people to Mature accusers have a one-year period to bring civil claims against civil charges. misbehavior regardless of when it occurred.
The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in Manhattan is poised to rule on Trump’s attempt to dismiss Carroll’s case.
A lawyer for Trump has argued that he is protected by federal law that prevents government employees from defamation claims. Trump was president at the time the lawsuit was filed.
US CAPITAL NEWSLETTER
A House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol is investigating whether he broke the law in actions taken to overthrow him. lose the 2020 election or not. The rioters tried to prevent Congress from certifying the election results.
Committee Vice Chairman Liz Cheney said the committee may refer multiple times to the Justice Department to seek criminal charges against Trump, who has accused the panel of conducting an active spoofing investigation. political body.
The committee cannot charge Trump with federal crimes. That decision must be made by the Department of Justice, which is headed by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
GEORGIA ELECTION TAMPERING PROBE
A special grand jury was selected in May to consider evidence in the Georgia prosecutor’s investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to influence that state’s 2020 election results.
The investigation focuses in part on a phone call Trump made with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, on January 2, 2021. Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” the votes needed to overturn. Trump’s election defeat.
Legal experts say Trump may have violated at least three of Georgia’s election criminal laws: conspiracy to commit election fraud, soliciting criminals to cheat the election, and knowingly interfering with implementation election duties.
Trump could argue that he is engaging in constitutionally protected free speech.