—> “We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Org. in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA,” a spokesman for NY AG Letitia James’ office said.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 19, 2021
New York City and New York State join hands. Too early (in the morning) for definitive pronouncements, but this is bound to have ruffled the Trump Crime Cartel family members’ expensive feathers, which is a plus in my books.
Trigger warning: Potentially offensive TFG pics below the fold...
NEW: The NY Attorney General is now conducting a *criminal* investigation into Trump Org’s financial practices, in addition to its civil probe.
Also, the NY AG seems to working w/the Manhattan DA, as 2 long-running probes of Trump seem to be sharing info.https://t.co/iAK1eXITTk
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) May 19, 2021
Under a ‘National Security’ subhead, the Washington Post:
… The attorney general’s decision appears to have increased the legal risk that former president Donald Trump faces in New York, where the parallel investigations run by James and Vance had already delved more deeply into Trump’s byzantine finances than any law enforcement authorities ever had.
Previously, the danger posed by James’s investigation seemed to be merely financial — the kind of lawsuit Trump had faced from New York attorneys general before over his Trump University and his charity. Those cost him money but didn’t threaten his liberty.
Now, however, James could also seek criminal penalties. And she appears to be cooperating with Vance’s office, a move that could allow the two wide-ranging investigations to share data…
The notice from James’s office was sent in late April to attorneys for the Trump Organization. It suggested that criminality could apply to actions by current and former company executives and employees if the investigation finds wrongdoing, the person familiar with the matter said.
It was not immediately clear why the two law enforcement agencies are now collaborating years into their previously separate investigations. Partnerships between the two New York law enforcement offices are rare…
The attorney general and district attorney have also teamed up in a state court-level investigation of Stephen K. Bannon, a former adviser to Trump who was indicted in federal court for allegedly defrauding contributors to a private fundraising campaign. Trump pardoned Bannon in the federal case in January, just before his departure from the White House…
Speaking of people whom it is good to see aggravated, who thinks loyalty to Mr. Trump is gonna override Bannon’s self-protective instincts?
New York prosecutor says Trump inquiry now 'criminal' https://t.co/ZtmRD7uMr4
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 19, 2021
… Ms James launched a civil inquiry in March 2019 into claims that Mr Trump had inflated the value of his assets to banks when seeking loans, and understated them to lower his taxes.
Her office has also been seeking documents on four Trump Organization properties in Manhattan, upstate New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr said in court documents last August that his office was investigating alleged “protracted criminal conduct” at the Trump Organization.
Mr Vance’s legal filing cited newspaper articles about purported bank and insurance fraud at the company.
The Manhattan district attorney has also been investigating whether any of Mr Trump’s financial records were doctored to cover up hush-money payments to two women in 2016 who say they had affairs with him.
Mr Vance’s office said in February it had obtained Mr Trump’s tax returns as part of the investigation, after a long legal battle.
Glass half full outlook:
This is an important point, for a number of reasons. Thus far, this *may* just be about Weisselberg, partly in an attempt to flip him. https://t.co/5TXZl5pv3E
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) May 19, 2021
Here's my quick 3 min analysis of why tonight's news of the Trump investigation (and tax returns issues) are so criminally significant. https://t.co/MPoANNv5qp
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) May 19, 2021
Glass half empty chorus:
This is roughly as significant as me saying “my intentions towards Jennifer Lawrence are no longer purely platonic”
— EveryKneeShallBowHat (@Popehat) May 19, 2021
A friend was remarking just this morning that Tish James’s office is more often announcing that they’re going after some bad guy than that they’ve just caught some bad guy.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) May 19, 2021