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Manhattan DA’s Criminal Investigation Expands – Now Includes Eric Trump

The criminal investigation underway by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has expanded yet again, and this time Eric Trump is in the crosshairs.

CNN is reporting that as executive vice president of the Trump Organization, some of Eric’s actions have come to the attention of prosecutors in Vance’s office:

“Prosecutors’ interest in the 212-acre property called Seven Springs is a significant widening of an investigation that began more than a year ago. It also draws closer to President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, who was directly involved in discussions about the property now under scrutiny, according to court filings.

“Prosecutors sent grand jury subpoenas within the past two months to town officials seeking documents and communications that officials had with the Trump Organization relating to development plans it considered for the sprawling family property.”

As the Manhattan DA’s investigation continues to grow larger, the legal jeopardy faced by the Trump family is also increasing by the day, most notably to Donald Trump himself:

“The criminal investigation poses a significant threat to Trump, his business and his family as he leaves the White House next week and will no longer have the shield of the presidency to delay or postpone lawsuits and investigations.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James is also looking into the Seven Springs property. Her office has said it is trying to determine whether or not the Trump Organization “improperly inflated” the fair market value of the estate.

In a court filing made by the New York AG’s office is this allegation:

“Valuations of Seven Springs were used to claim an apparent $21.1 million tax deduction for donating a conservation easement on the property in tax year 2015, and in submissions to financial institutions as a component of Mr. Trump’s net worth.”

Reportedly, President Trump is considering issuing pardons to his family and executives with the Trump Organization. But those pardons would do nothing to immunize the recipients from state charges, meaning that the Trumps could well be facing indictment in the very near future.

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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