Former US President Donald Trump is facing a fraud case. This also refers to his three children Donald Junior, Eric and Ivanka.
Donald Trump is being prosecuted by the New York State Attorney’s Office. The civil lawsuit is about allegations of fraud. Charges will also be filed against his children Donald Junior, Eric and Ivanka, Attorney General Letitia James announced on Wednesday (September 21) in New York.
According to the claims, they must have increased or decreased their finances according to their needs, for example to get easier loans or pay less tax. Deutsche Bank is also said to have made such loans, James said.
The lawyer said of the case: “Donald Trump falsely inflated his fortune by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and to cheat the system — and with it all of us.”
James has led civil investigations into Trump’s business empire for three years and spoke to 65 prosecution witnesses and reviewed “millions of documents,” according to Wednesday. Trump’s company denies the allegations.
Trump accused of fraud: The former US president sees himself as a victim of a “witch hunt”
In it United States Attorneys General usually belong to a party and are popularly elected in many states. James is a member of the Democratic Party and serves in New York State government. Trump, who belongs to the Republican Party, therefore repeatedly describes the process as politically motivated, calling it a “witch hunt”.
There are now charges against the 76-year-old in many cases. The FBI is said to have secured confidential and secret documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. There are also allegations that the former US president improperly pressured election officials in the state of Georgia to give him additional votes in the 2020 election.
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On top of that, an investigative committee is looking into his role in the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, which followed a speech by the then head of state. Ultimately, the panel could make a recommendation to prosecute him.
Since being voted out almost two years ago, Trump had repeatedly indicated that he would run for president again in 2024, but had not yet officially announced. Experts consider it unlikely that one of the often multi-year procedures, with options for review and renegotiation before the November 2024 elections, could lead to a conviction. (with dpa)