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Manhattan District Attorney Dramatically Expands His Probe Of Trump’s Suspicious Finances: Report

Though Donald Trump was acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, the investigation into him by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has expanded dramatically and is now focusing on the loans he used in order to purchase four prime real estate properties, according to the Wall Street Journal:

“Manhattan prosecutors are examining loans Mr. Trump took out on his flagship Fifth Avenue building, Trump Tower; 40 Wall St., an art deco skyscraper in New York City’s Financial District; Trump International Hotel and Tower, a hotel and condominium building at Columbus Circle; and Trump Plaza, an apartment building on Manhattan’s East Side.

“All of the loans under scrutiny were made to Mr. Trump by subsidiaries of Ladder Capital Corp. , a New York City-based real-estate investment trust, the people said. Since 2012, Ladder Capital has lent Mr. Trump more than $280 million for the four Manhattan buildings, according to property records.”

Specifically, the Journal notes, Vance is taking a close look at the financial information and valuations contained in the loan documents which may contain incorrect information that constitute fraud:

“While the focus of prosecutors’ interest in Mr. Trump’s properties and loans isn’t known, they could be looking for discrepancies between loan documents and financial information submitted elsewhere by Mr. Trump, such as that on tax returns or submitted to an insurance company, legal experts said. Writing false information on a loan application with the intention of getting financial benefits one isn’t entitled to can be a crime under New York law, according to legal experts.”

In addition to Vance, New York Attorney General Letitia James is also taking a close look at Trump and the Trump Organization. Her ongoing investigation is reportedly focused on the former president’s state tax filings.

And that’s not all the bad legal news which arrived this week. Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis also announced that she is investigating Trump for his attempts to force state election officials to help him steal the Peach State for him by calling and pressuring state election officials.

The long arm of the law is closing in on Donald Trump. Though he may have dodged a bullet in the U.S. Senate, he’s looking at being indicted and put on trial in at least two states and the District of Columbia.

Remember when the Donald urged his supporters to chant “lock her up” at his rallies in reference to Hillary Clinton? Well, she’s not the one looking at being behind bars for the rest of her life. Her 2016 opponent, however, most certainly is.

By Andrew Bradford

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

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