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New York lawyer wants to hear from Trump in tax evasion case

New York lawyer wants to hear from Trump in tax evasion case

New York State Attorney General Letitia James said former US President Donald Trump is testifying in his investigation into possible tax evasion by the Trump family group, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

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Citing sources familiar with the matter, the newspaper specifies that Mrs. James asked the 45th president of the United States to come and deliver his statement at his New York office on January 7, as part of a civil investigation into alleged crimes with government taxes. Trump Organization.

Ms James, who was a candidate for state governor, said in a brief statement that she must “continue her work” as a New York state attorney and aims to be “re-elected” to this highly political position. Referring to the Trump case.

There are a number of investigations and important cases underway and I intend to finish the job. The Democrat, who wanted to succeed former Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was forced to resign this summer after accusations of sexual assault and harassment, wrote, I am running for reelection to end the job for which New Yorkers elected me.

Legally speaking, Letitia James cannot compete for both positions at the same time.

Thus, the civil investigation against the Trump Organization is led by Ms. James and her Manhattan vice-president, media Cyrus Vance, who is also an elected Democrat. Mr. Vance will step down on December 31 after ten years as a lawyer in New York.

As part of the investigation into the Trump Organization, its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, a loyal follower of Donald Trump, has pushed the first acquittal of tax evasion in a Manhattan court.

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Mr Weiselberg is accused in particular of intentionally withholding from tax authorities, between 2005 and 2021, about $1.7 million in in-kind benefits he received from the Trump Organization, which would have saved him from paying nearly $1 million in federal and local taxes.

He is also accused of falsely claiming not to be a resident of New York City, in order to avoid taxes.

The Trump Organization is accused of helping to cover up these benefits.

According to Washington Post sources, Ms. James questions the extent of the fraud that would have “extended to the Trump Organization”.

The former Republican president, who has not been personally charged in this investigation, in July denounced a political “indictment” and “witch hunt.”

If he refuses to appear and testify, Laetitia James could, according to the Washington Post, compel him to appear in court to testify. This is what happened in October 2020 to force Eric Trump – a son of Donald Trump and one of the leaders of the Trump Organization – to come and testify in the same investigation.