New York prosecutors are suing Donald Trump for fraud


Also against his children
New York prosecutors file charges against Donald Trump and his family

Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump with family members Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump

Donald Trump (lr), former President of the USA, and his family at the funeral service for Trump's ex-wife Ivana in Manhattan

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New York State Attorneys are filing a civil lawsuit against former US President Donald Trump and his children for fraud. They are said to have inflated the true value of Trump's fortune by billions of dollars.

New York State Attorneys are filing a civil lawsuit against former US President Donald Trump for fraud. Charges will also be brought against Trump's company and his children Donald Junior, Eric and Ivanka, Attorney General Letitia James announced in New York on Wednesday. According to the allegations, the defendants are said to have increased or decreased their finances depending on their needs, for example to get easier access to loans or to pay less taxes. Deutsche Bank is also said to have granted such loans, James said.

"Donald Trump falsely inflated his fortune by billions of dollars to unfairly enrich himself and to trick the system - and by extension all of us," James said. She has led civil investigations into Trump's corporate empire for three years and, according to Wednesday, spoke to 65 witnesses for the prosecution and evaluated "millions of documents". Trump's company denies the allegations.

Donald Trump calls the process politically motivated

In the United States, Attorneys General usually belong to a party and are elected by the people in many states. James is a member of the Democratic Party and serves in the New York state government. Trump, who belongs to the Republican Party, therefore repeatedly describes the process as politically motivated and calls it a "witch hunt".

There are allegations against the 76-year-old in many instances. Among other things, the FBI is said to have secured confidential and secret documents in Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. In the state of Georgia, he is said to have unlawfully pressured the election commission to show him additional votes in the 2020 election. A committee of inquiry is also looking into his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol and may eventually recommend that he be prosecuted.

No conviction before the election

Trump has repeatedly indicated that he wants to run again for president in 2024, but has not yet officially announced this. Experts consider it unlikely that one of the often multi-year procedures with opportunities for revision and renegotiation before the election in November 2024 would lead to a conviction.

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