Former President Donald Trump’s business enterprise is facing yet another criminal investigation, according to multiple reports, with the latest probe coming from the Westchester County district attorney’s office in New York–marking the third known criminal investigation into the Trump Organization by prosecutors in New York state.
Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah (D) has reportedly requested financial documents from the Trump National Golf Club Westchester, along with the town of Ossining, which is responsible for setting the club’s property taxes.
It’s not clear at this point what the investigation is seeking, though The New York Times—which broke the story—reported the DA is likely looking into whether the Trump Organization purposely undervalued the club to cut down on its property tax bill.
Alleged tax crimes have already led to the Trump Organization and its former CFO, Allen Weisselberg, being indicted in Manhattan, after prosecutors said the company ran a 15-year tax evasion scheme by funneling untaxed income to its executives.
New York state Attorney General Letitia James (D) is also pursuing a similar tax fraud investigation into the Trump Organization, though no charges have been brought to this point.
Trump himself has not been charged in any of the cases.
The golf club has appealed its property tax bill in every year since 2015, according to the Times. In one instance, the town assessed the property at $15 million, but the club claimed the property was only worth $1.4 million.
Trump has slammed the investigations into his businesses as politically motivated. In a statement Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said a review of the club’s tax assessments with the town was “amicably resolved earlier this year.”
“The suggestion that anything was inappropriate is completely false and incredibly irresponsible,” the spokesperson said. “The witch hunt continues …”
Trump faces another criminal investigation in Fulton County, Georgia, for alleged election tampering related to a January 2 phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) in which Trump told Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn President Joe Biden’s win in the state. Trump has continually spouted baseless claims that widespread fraud kept him from winning Georgia and several other states in the 2020 presidential election. Trump is also facing legal troubles apart from the criminal probes. On Monday, Trump sat down for a four-hour taped deposition in a case brought by a group of Mexican protesters who claim they were assaulted outside of Trump Tower in 2015. Though Trump was not present, he was named as a defendant along with his campaign and his former head of security Keith Schiller, who is accused of punching a protester in the head. He’s also set to face another deposition in a case brought by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who says Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007. Trump also faces numerous other civil lawsuits related to sexual assault, election interference and his role in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
What To Watch For
The trial for Weisselberg and the Trump Organization’s alleged tax fraud scheme is expected to start in either late August or early September 2022, overlapping a crucial campaigning period ahead of the 2022 midterm elections that Trump is expected to be heavily involved in.
Trump Organization, Already Under Indictment, Faces New Criminal Inquiry (The New York Times)