This IS gonna be interesting …
We have several legal balls floating in the air on this one….
AG James is aiming at a civil matter in this throw down…
Her office is also working with the Manhattan NY DA’s office on a criminal probe of Trump’s business’s….
The Manhattan DA may also want questions asked of Trump in their criminal probe….
If I remember?
The IRS has STILL NOT closed out some of Trump’s tax issues on that audit of him receiving a $72.9 tax refund back almost 10 years ago….
If New York State finds that Trump’s companies owe them millions on changed tax evaluations?
Wouldn’t that open the IRS to want more back taxes?
New York Attorney General Tish James IS running for New York Governor….
The Manhattan DA Vance leaves office the end of the month and the incoming DA Briggs will ow handle the case….
The New York State attorney general, Letitia James, is seeking to question former President Donald J. Trump under oath in a civil fraud investigation, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, an unusual move that comes at a critical juncture in a parallel criminal investigation into the former president.
Ms. James, whose office is also participating in the criminal investigation being run by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., is seeking to question Mr. Trump on Jan. 7 as part of her separate civil inquiry into his business practices.
If Ms. James finds evidence of wrongdoing, she could file a lawsuit against Mr. Trump, but could not file criminal charges.
But her request comes as Mr. Vance is pushing to determine whether Mr. Trump or his family business, the Trump Organization, engaged in a pattern of criminal fraud by intentionally submitting false property values to potential lenders. Mr. Vance, a Democrat, did not seek re-election and is leaving office at the end of the year.
And because the two investigations overlap — both Ms. James and Mr. Vance are focused on whether Mr. Trump inflated his property values to secure financing, and their offices are working together — Mr. Trump could refuse to sit for a deposition once Ms. James formally subpoenas him.
His lawyers could ask a judge to block the deposition, arguing that Mr. Trump’s testimony could be unfairly used against him in the criminal investigation, violating his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
They might also argue that Ms. James, a Democrat who is running for governor of New York, is seeking to use the request for a deposition to bolster her campaign. Even if a judge sided with Ms. James, Mr. Trump could invoke his Fifth Amendment right and decline to respond to questions.
Still, while the decision to invoke his constitutional right could not be used against Mr. Trump in the criminal investigation, it may harm him in Ms. James’s civil inquiry, so he may also choose to comply with the subpoena and answer her questions….
Donald Trump is also the subject of investigations by DA’s in Wash DC and Georgia …..
His new media enterprise has generated questions from the SEC…..
The guy has to be money tree for his lawyers….