A New York state supreme court judge ruled that the Trump Organization had to turn over records relating to a property in Westchester County involving an engineer whose tax cuts were being investigated by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Since 2019, when Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen testified before Congress that Trump’s annual financial statements inflated the prices of his properties in order to secure favorable loans and insurance benefits, the New York Attorney General’s office has been investigating President Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation, but deflated the value of other assets in order to decrease real estate tax
Previously, the Trump Organization argued that the records were covered by attorney-client privilege, and therefore the New York Attorney General could not see them, but now those charges have been quashed.
Amy Carlin, a Trump Organization attorney, claimed on Tuesday that perhaps the Trump organization had every expectation that those communications would be confidential,” while the attorney general’s office argued that the records were not privileged, in part because the Trump Organization had “waived privilege” when it released those documents to the IRS to “gain benefit,” said attorney Eric H.
Eric Haren, a lawyer with the New York Attorney General’s Office, said that “literally everything other than the final appraisal value” was not reported to his office.
Haren argued on Tuesday 15 December that failure to disclose such records “delayed” the ability of the attorney general to prosecute, but Judge Arthur Engoron of the New York Supreme Court has now ruled in favor of the office of the attorney general.
With Trump set to leave office in January, as he is currently covered by immunity as the sitting president, a lot of court cases involving taxes, hush-money payments, and even sexual harassment could come up against him.