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New York attorney general announces criminal probe into Trump Organization

Trump said the criminal investigation is in “desperate search of a crime.”

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The New York attorney general’s office is pursuing a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization.

On Tuesday (May 18), Fabien Levy, a spokesperson for the office, revealed the news about the probe. “We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature,” he said in a statement. “We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA. We have no additional comment at this time.”

The investigation originated after Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen testified to Congress that the former president intentionally provided incorrect estimates of assets in official documents.

Attorney General Letitia James has spearheaded the legal action against Trump’s family business. She looked into his charitable foundation, which led to its dissolution in 2018. She is also investigating whether or not his business inflated the value of its assets for the purpose of tax breaks and loans.

On Wednesday (May 19), the former president slammed the New York prosecutors for pursuing the probe. “There is nothing more corrupt than an investigation that is in desperate search of a crime,” Trump said.

“But, make no mistake, that is exactly what is happening here,” he added. “The Attorney General of New York literally campaigned on prosecuting Donald Trump even before she knew anything about me.”

Trump said the prosecutors’ investigations are solely “a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of the United States. Working in conjunction with Washington, these Democrats want to silence and cancel millions of voters because they don’t want ‘Trump’ to run again.”

Although he didn't directly address Cohen by name, he did reference him as “a lying, discredited low life” who was sentenced to three years in prison and is now serving the remainder of his sentence on home confinement.

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