Saturday, 23 March, 2019

New York Attorney General Subpoenas Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank Over Trump

Deutsche Bank, Investors Bank subpoenaed for Trump Organization records by New York attorney general New York attorney general is investigating Trump projects: NY Times
Leonard Rios | 14 March, 2019, 07:40

New York Attorney General Letitia James has subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank.

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

Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen testified to Congress last month that Trump lied to both the IRS and banks about his cash holdings, outstanding debts and the value of his real estate assets.

Cohen told a congressional committee that Trump gave false financial statements to Deutsche Bank to support his failed attempt to buy the Bills, which were sold to another bidder. The office of the NY attorney general declined to comment on the reports. The attorney general has broad authority under state law to investigate fraud and can fine - or in extreme cases, go to court to try to dissolve - a business that is found to have engaged in repeated illegality. No wonder people are fleeing the State in record numbers. Trump still owns the business, though he has handed day-to-day control of it to his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, and to longtime executive Allen Weisselberg.

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The U.S. -based unit, which works with ultra-wealthy clients, lent Trump more than $270 million from 2012 to 2015 for his Doral golf resort outside Miami and the luxury hotel revamp of the Old Post Office Building in Washington, the Times writes.

Following that testimony New York's insurance regulator issued a subpoena to the Trump Organization's primary insurance broker, Aon Plc, for details about its relationship with the Trump Organization and Trump himself, according to a person familiar with the matter. A request for comment from the Trump Organization was not returned.

Deutsche Bank said in a statement that it remains "committed to cooperating with authorized investigations". 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".

Ms James, a Democrat newly elected to office, pledged to look into his business practices, saying after her victory in November that she would be "shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings and every dealing". Her office is also overseeing a lawsuit against a Trump charitable foundation. Deutsche Bank has been known to have backed a number of Trump Organization projects in the past, including lending $100 million for the Doral and $170 million for the D.C. hotel.

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