Former US President Donald Trump said he would testify Wednesday in an investigation by the New York state attorney general into his family’s business practices. The possible testimony comes amid a flurry of legal problems for the former president.
New York State Attorney General, Letitia Jamesis conducting a civil investigation examining whether The Trump Organization inflated real estate values. Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, have agreed to testify.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and has branded politics the new york investigation. James is a Democrat.
“In New York City tonight. Watching the racist Attorney General of New York tomorrow, for the continuation of the biggest Witch Hunt in US history! My big company and myself are being attacked from all sides. Banana Rebublic!”Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform late Tuesday.
James has said that his investigation had uncovered significant evidence that The Trump Organization, which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate, overstated asset values to obtain favorable loans and understated values to obtain tax breaks.
separately this week The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched Trump’s house in Floridamarking a major escalation in the federal investigation into whether the former president illegally removed White House records when he left office in January 2021.
Trump has been publicly flirting with the question of running for president again in 2024, but has not said clearly whether he will do so.
The search warrant for Trump’s Florida estate was related to National Archives and Records Administrationthe institution tasked with safeguarding presidential records that belong to the public, and whether there were any classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago complex in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Several investigations have focused on Trump since he left office, weeks after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn his electoral loss. Trump continues to falsely claim that the election was stolen through widespread voter fraud.
Trump remains the most influential voice in the Republican Party and observers said the FBI’s search could strengthen its position among the voters of the formation.
(With information from Reuters)
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