Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr.’s office has been investigating Donald Trump and his business dealing for two years….
The quest for Trump’s tax data went all the way to the Supreme Court for a Vance win…
The DA’s people have millions of pieces of information on the former President’s financial’s….
The use of a grand jury could mean criminal charges for people who worked for Trump, charges against his organization, tax fraud charges, or charges against Donald Trump himself….
It is unlikely that the District Attorney is come up empty like Robert Mueller…
The New York State Attorney General has sent people to work with the DA’s people, while she continues her civil investigation into Trump’s financial’s also….
The question advanced by the media on this is could Donald Trump be the first ex-President to be charged with a crime, or crimes in a state court?
The move indicates that District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s investigation of the former president and his business has reached an advanced stage after more than two years. It suggests, too, that Vance believes he has found evidence of a crime — if not by Trump then by someone potentially close to him or by his company.
Vance’s investigation is expansive, according to people familiar the probe and public disclosures made during related litigation. His investigators are scrutinizing Trump’s business practices before he was president, including whether the value of specific properties in the Trump Organization’s real estate portfolio were manipulated in a way that defrauded banks and insurance companies, and if any tax benefits were obtained illegally through unscrupulous asset valuation.
The district attorney also is examining the compensation provided to top Trump Organization executives, people familiar with the matter have said.
A spokesman for Trump and an attorney for the Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment. The former president has adamantly and repeatedly denied wrongdoing, deriding the investigation as politically motivated….
“This is a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history,” Trump lamented, referencing other investigations into Russian election meddling.
“No other President in history has had to put up with what I have had to, and on top of all that, I have done a great job for our Country, whether it’s taxes, regulations, our Military, Veterans, Space Force, our Borders, speedy creation of a great vaccine (said to be a miracle!), and protecting the Second Amendment,” he added. “This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors.”….
Trump has long sought to cast investigations against him as politically motivated. His administration was dogged by former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling, and Democrats fought with the White House for all four years of Trump’s tenure in an attempt to obtain his tax returns.
The former president is also mulling making a comeback bid in 2024, though observers have speculated that legal issues could hamper a third run for the White House….