During an appearance on CNN this week, New York state Attorney General Letitia James (D) insisted that her investigation of the Trump Organization will be continuing for the foreseeable future. Neither Donald Trump’s imminent exit from the White House nor the potential of preemptive presidential pardons for the Trump family will thwart her investigative work, she says. Just recently, The New York Times reported that President Trump himself has discussed the possibility of issuing preemptive pardons for his three oldest children — meaning Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric — and his longtime top ally, Rudy Giuliani, who’s been involved in the Trump campaign’s fight against the election results.
On CNN, James said as follows:
‘I want the American people to know that the days of this administration are closely coming to an end… currently, there is nothing in the law in the state of New York that would preclude an investigation by local and state authorities against the Trump Organization, Donald Trump, and/ or any other member of his family and/ or business partners. There’s nothing preventing our investigation from going forward against Donald Trump as a private citizen.’
James’s investigation focuses on the issue of potential fraudulent adjustments to asset valuations on the part of the Trump Organization. These potential fraudulent adjustments to the Trump Organization’s valuations of its assets could have been geared towards potential financial benefits like tax breaks and loans. The adjustments would have made the Trump Organization’s financial standing seem more conducive towards whatever particular aim that they were going for.
On CNN, James added as follows:
‘Our investigation will continue when Mr. Trump becomes a private citizen. Nothing will preclude our investigation from going forward, and we will continue to investigate, and if, in fact, the facts and the evidence support the law, we will bring an action against the Trump Organization and individuals as well… Our investigations are based on the facts, the evidence, and the law, and politics ends and stops at the door.’
Besides James’s investigation, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is conducting its own investigation in which they have sought copies of the president’s financial records, including his tax returns. During her time on CNN this week, James insisted that — despite Trump’s insinuations to the contrary — there is no coordination between her and Vance’s investigations. In fact, she said that such coordination would be unethical and illegal. At present, James’s investigation hinges on civil concerns, while Vance’s investigation covers criminal matters.
Watch James’s comments below: