Donald Trump, flanked by his children Donald Jr. and Ivanka, on January 4, 2021 at Marietta Air Base, Georgia. MANDEL NGAN (AFP)
The challenge to justice that Donald Trump has been leading for months has written a new chapter this Wednesday, perhaps more conclusive than the previous ones. The former president and his two eldest children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, have been summoned to testify on July 15 by the New York State prosecutor, Letitia James, in the framework of the investigation into alleged irregularities in the family emporium, the Trump Organization. The Republican tycoon and handyman had tried to get out of an appearance that James, a Democrat, has been pursuing since the end of last year. The cause that James instructs, by civil means, is parallel to another criminal by the Manhattan prosecutor’s office.
According to the document published this Wednesday by the New York Supreme Court, James’ summons is an ultimatum that can be stopped if an appeals court requests it and if the Republican finally presents the documentation required by the prosecutor about his business. The prosecution confirmed last January the existence of evidence about the documentary fraud of various assets of the emporium to obtain tax rebates and bank loans on advantageous terms.RELATED
Just two weeks ago, Trump suffered two legal setbacks in his attempt to extricate himself from what he sees as a politically motivated witch hunt. In just over 24 hours, he saw his claim against James dismissed as he received a new summons to appear before the prosecution he heads. The argument of her lawyers to denounce James, who in October announced her candidacy for governor of New York to retire shortly after the race, is that the Democrat is taking legal action against the tycoon to promote her political career.
Trump, very active in the disputed Republican primaries, has resorted to all the means at his disposal to stop an investigation that, if substantiated, could compromise his political capital in the face of a hypothetical campaign for re-election in 2024, which has not yet been decided. has pronounced. His authority over the Republicans, on the other hand, has been made clear by the victory of several of his candidates in the primaries, such as JD Vance in Ohio or the popular doctor Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, who finally prevailed after a close count.
The civil investigation of the New York prosecutor’s office tries to determine if those responsible for the Trump Organization, that is, the hard core family, inflated the value of certain properties to obtain bank loans under preferential conditions, while at the same time they lowered it to pay less taxes. Among the properties is a luxurious golf club in the north of the State.
On May 11, the former president paid a fine of $110,000 to the New York State prosecutor’s office, while presenting the documentation required by the investigators, to get rid of a charge of contempt for not appearing before James. The magnate and his lawyers presented new affidavits about the relevant documents that the prosecution had requested for the case, although Trump reiterated, as he did in April, that he does not have any relevant files, something that the judge in charge of the sanction described as surprising , given the dimensions of its emporium and its turnover.
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