New York attorney probing Trump business deals - 3/12/2019 10:11:28 AM

Arturo Kim
March 14, 2019

New York Attorney General Letitia James, an outspoken critic of Trump, promised during her campaign a year ago to investigate the president's business dealings.

President Donald Trump blasted the state of NY and Governor Andrew Cuomo as the latest "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS" earlier tonight.

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

This appears to be a reference to the recent news that the NY attorney general's office has issued subpoenas to two banks regarding multiple projects pursued by the Trump Organization.

The documents sought would cover loan applications, mortgages, and lines of credit for Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Trump National Doral near Miami; and Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

Investors Bank was subpoenaed for records relating to Trump Park Avenue, a project it had backed, the Times reported.

Michael Cohen told Congress that Donald Trump inflated his assets to improve his odds of buying the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, a gambit that eventually failed.

On Tuesday, James lobbied lawmakers in Albany to loosen double-jeopardy laws that prohibit state prosecutors from bringing similar charges against individuals pardoned from federal charges.

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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.

Investors Bank and the Trump Organization didn't immediately respond to requests for comment late Monday. Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

James and Cuomo are Democrats.

Trump has complained that James is waging a politically motivated vendetta against him.

It also adds to Trump's own legal pressure.

Deutsche Bank has been one of the few major banks willing to regularly lend to Trump, whose past financial troubles scared off large NY banks.

Under a deal with the New York Attorney General's office, Trump's charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, in December agreed to dissolve.

Trump has said Cohen is lying to try to get out of a prison sentence for tax evasion, campaign finance violations, making false statements to banks and lying to Congress.

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