Former President Trump’s legal woes are mounting with the news that state and local prosecutors in New York are conducting a joint criminal investigation into his company.
It’s unclear exactly what charges the New York attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney are exploring, but the announcement signals an escalation in the offices’ investigations that have at times spilled into public view in recent years. The rare move to publicly announce a criminal probe is also fueling Republican efforts to discredit it.
The news comes three months after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance (D) obtained Trump’s tax returns, ending a protracted legal battle that twice reached the Supreme Court over a grand jury subpoena.
New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) separately has taken the Trump Organization to court in her own investigation into the company’s assets.
James’ office said on Tuesday that it had informed the Trump Organization that the probe had expanded beyond a civil investigation.
“We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA. We have no additional comment at this time,” Fabien Levy, a spokesman for the state attorney general, said in a statement.