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New York attorney general is investigating Trump projects: NY Times

14 March, 2019, 07:39 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • President Donald Trump speaks to the media at his private club Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving in Palm Beach Fla. Thursday Nov. 23 2017

New York's Attorney General has subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank, seeking information on the funding for several Trump Organization hotels and the failed buyout of the Buffalo Bills, The New York Times reported on Monday. In December 2018, Donald Trump's charitable foundation agreed to dissolve under court supervision after a suit by the NY attorney general accused it of being "little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's business and political interests", according to CNN.

The investigation's scope is not yet known at this time, additional reporting from Bloomberg noted.

The Deutsche Bank subpoenas apply to mortgages, loan applications, lines of credit and other financing related to projects in Washington, the Miami area and Chicago, as well as records about Trump's bid to buy the Bills, the person tells the paper.

The subpoena requests came about as a result of testimony given last month in Congress by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who testified that Trump frequently sought to raise perceptions of his own net worth "when it served his purposes, such as trying to be listed among the wealthiest people in Forbes", the AP reported.

Trump has a rich recent history of grievances against the NY attorney general's office.

Investigators also requested records connected to an unsuccessful effort to buy the Bills, the person said.

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New Jersey-based Investors Bank was subpoenaed for records connected to Trump Park Avenue.

Messages left with the banks and the Trump Organization were not immediately returned.

Neither the NY attorney general's office nor Trump representatives were available for comment early Tuesday. In August, referring to the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, into Russian interference in the 2016 election, she said, "The president of the United States has to worry about three things: Mueller, Cohen, and Tish James".

James and Cuomo are Democrats. Trump has also said that Cohen, who pleaded guilty to charges of illegal campaign contributions, is a liar who can not be trusted. Before former Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman resigned amid allegations of assault and abuse against women, he pursued cases against the Trump Foundation and Trump University.

Deutsche Bank has lent Trump Organization hundreds of millions of dollars for real estate ventures and is one of the few major lenders that has given large amounts of credit to Trump after a string of bankruptcies at his hotel and casino businesses during the 1990s.

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