New York sues Trump Organization, tax lawyer Eric Trump filing evidence
August 24 (UPI) – New York has filed a sealed lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s company, his son Eric Trump and a tax lawyer for complying with an investigative subpoena, according to a file released Monday.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the Trump Organization on charges that she misled lenders by inflating her net worth, including valuations at Trump’s Los Angeles golf course, an office building at 40 Wall St. and an estate called “Seven Springs” in Westchester County, New York
Last year, the Washington Post reported that Trump had inflated the potential sale value of the Seven Springs property in a “state of financial position.”
In the case, the attorney general’s office asks a state judge to enforce a subpoena against the Trump Organization, Eric Trump, and tax attorney Sheri Dillon of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, who represented the president and his company in tax matters.
Eric Trump abruptly canceled an interview at the end of July and now refuses to be interviewed, according to the file.
“We cannot allow the requested interview to continue (…) in accordance with the rights granted to each individual by the Constitution,” Eric Trump’s lawyers said.
The attorney general’s office said it had “not determined” whether the Trump organization had violated the law.
Trump Organization legal director Alan Garten has defended the group of around 500 business entities owned exclusively or primarily by Trump, according to a statement from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
âThe Trump Organization has done nothing wrong,â Garten said in the statement. “James’ continued harassment of the company in the run-up to the election (and the tabling of this motion on the first day of the Republican National Convention) once again confirms that this investigation is entirely political.”
The investigation began after former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen told Congress in February last year that Trump inflates his net worth when it benefits him and minimizes his income when it comes to tax time as a rule.
Trump was also in a legal battle with former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for defrauding “Trump University” students. In April 2018, a federal judge finalized a $ 25 million settlement for the school to pay students in its former Trump University real estate program.