Report: Prosecutors Aren���t Done With The Trump Organization

As prosecutors throughout the country investigate 

Donald Trump for all kinds of alleged wrongdoing, from attempting to overturn the 2020 election to years of financial chicanery, the ex-president has relied on his usual tactics: stonewall, deny, and lash out against the people attempting to hold him accountable. Naturally, the New York attorney general’s investigation of the Trump Organization has been more of the same, except for the fact that his eldest children have gotten in on the stonewall, deny, lash out business too. Both 

Ivanka Trump and 

Donald Trump Jr. have refused to comply with subpoenas from 

Letitia James’s office, calling them “an unprecedented and unconstitutional maneuver.” They’ve also accused the attorney general of attempting to obtain testimony that could then be used against them in a separate criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney. For his part, the former president asked a judge this month to stop James’s investigation into his family business, claiming in a motion that the prosecutor’s actions are “vindictive,” “self-serving,” and lacking in “prosecutorial ethics.” Apparently not wanting to miss out on the fun, 

Eric Trump went on Fox News to declare that James’s investigation “violates the Constitution” and is “what you’d expect from Russia…what you’d expect from Venezuela.” Unfortunately for the Trump family, it does not appear that insulting an elected official and straight up refusing to comply with the law is going to work out for them this time around!

Late on Tuesday, the A.G.’s office filed an almost 160-page document accusing the Trump Organization of inflating the value of its properties to lure lenders, and deflating the value of those same properties when it came time to pay taxes. Making it clear that her office is done with their shit, James wrote on Twitter: “We are taking legal action to force Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump to comply with our investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings. No one in this country can pick and choose if and how the law applies to them. We have uncovered significant evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions for years. Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump have all been closely involved in the transactions in question, so we won’t tolerate their attempts to evade testifying in this investigation. We will not be deterred in our efforts to continue this investigation, uncover the facts, and pursue justice, no matter how many roadblocks Mr. Trump and his family throw in our way.”

James’s office, which has been investigating the Trump Organization for over two years, found “numerous alleged discrepancies between the actual condition of his properties and his assertions about them in the statements,” according to Tuesday’s filing. The A.G. alleged that the company provided incorrect or misleading information to banks and insurers for his Seven Springs estate in Westchester County, N.Y., his triplex in Trump Tower, Trump Park Avenue in Manhattan, his Scotland golf resort, his Westchester golf club, and his 40 Wall Street office building. James also accused the Trump Organization of passing fraudulent or misleading information to the IRS for the Seven Springs estate and his Los Angeles golf club, claiming that such misrepresentations generated millions in tax savings for Trump. But wait, there’s more!

Per The Washington Post:

Investigators also tied Trump directly to some of the conduct under investigation, showing that he personally signed off on a letter to one commercial lender regarding the value of his brand, which James alleged was faulty. In another instance Trump initialed and wrote “ok” on an email from his longtime chief financial officer

Allen Weisselberg about agreeing to a lease as part of a refinancing of the 40 Wall Street property, according to the filing.

Meanwhile, according to the A.G.’s office, Ivanka Trump “was a key player” in many of the company’s transactions and “in connection with this work…caused misleading financial statements to be submitted to Deutsche Bank [i.e. the Trump Organization’s biggest lender] and the federal government.” Donald Trump Jr., prosecutors say, was “directly involved” in the transactions in question and evidence shows that he personally certified the “truth and accuracy” of Trump’s statements of financial condition to Deutsche Bank in 2016 through 2019. James’s office also notes the fun fact that Ivanka Trump rented a penthouse at Trump Park Avenue with an option to purchase the unit for $8.5 million, while Trump’s financial statement claims the place was worth a cool $25 million.

While James’s office notes that it has received more than 5 million pages of evidence from the Trump Organization, it charges that the company has not “made anything approaching a complete production of documents for Mr. Trump.” Sayeth the A.G.:

While Mr. Trump famously does not use email or a computer, he regularly generated handwritten documents. In testimony as a corporate representative, General Counsel

Alan Garten testified that there were file cabinets at the Trump Organization holding Mr. Trump’s files, that Mr. Trump had assistants who maintained files on his behalf, that he received and maintained hard copy documents, and that he used Post-It Notes to communicate with employees. Yet as of June 30, 2021—more than 18 months after receiving the initial subpoena from OAG—the Trump Organization still had not searched for those documents. Indeed, Mr. Garten testified that, despite maintaining a “chron file” of correspondence for Mr. Trump, this file was never searched because the Trump Organization determined, improbably, that Mr. Trump was not involved in the preparation of his own financial statements.

Source : https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/01/ny-attorney-general-trump-organization-donald-trump-don-jr-ivanka

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