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Trump Organization now subject to criminal investigation in New York, state attorney general’s office tells CNN

  • New York prosecutors are conducting an investigation into the Trump Organization, CNN reported.
  • The New York attorney general’s office said it’s investigating the company in a criminal capacity.
  • Michael Cohen, Trump’s onetime attorney, has been interviewed multiple times by Manhattan’s DA.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The New York attorney general’s office is now conducting a criminal probe into the Trump Organization, a spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday.

“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the Organization is no longer purely civil in nature,” spokesperson Fabien Levy told the outlet. “We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA.”

The news comes weeks after it was revealed that Michael Cohen, former President Donald Trump’s onetime personal attorney, had been interviewed multiple times by Manhattan’s district attorney. The DA’s criminal inquiry has focused on whether the Trump Organization — an umbrella company for the former president’s business interests — engaged in tax and insurance fraud, among other crimes.

Speaking to Insider, Cohen said his former boss should expect more bad news.

“As more documents are reviewed by the NYAG and NYDA, it appears that the troubles for Donald Trump just keep on coming,” he said. “Soon enough, Donald and associates will be held responsible for their actions.”

Attorney General Letitia James’s office had been working with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office since 2019.

Vance is looking at documents such as Trump’s tax returns to see if the former president’s organization misled lenders about the value of their properties and paid appropriate taxes.

Last week, prosecutors from Vance’s office subpoenaed Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, an elite private school attended by Allen Weisselberg’s grandchildren. Weisselberg is the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization.

The children’s mother, Jennifer Weisselberg, previously told Insider that Trump would include school tuition in compensation packages to her husband, Barry Weisselberg.

Prosecutors are looking into whether including tuition in the compensation package allowed Barry or Allen Weisselberg to avoid paying taxes.

A spokesperson for the former president did not immediately return a request for comment.

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