The New York attorney general’s office said on Tuesday that its probe into the Trump organization has been expanded into a criminal investigation.
“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the company is no longer purely civil in nature,” Fabien Levy, a spokesperson for Attorney General Letitia James, said in a statement. “We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA.”
Since 2019, James has been investigating allegations that former President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization had “improperly” manipulated the value of assets on annual financial statements in order to secure loans and obtain tax benefits. The probe began after Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen testified to Congress.
James’s investigators are working with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has been conducting a criminal investigation into Trump and his company for two years. James and Vance are both Democrats.
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment, but it has in previous statements denied allegations of wrongdoing and said it acted in good faith during the probe.