Trump news today: New York AG Letitia James sues Donald Trump and children over ‘numerous acts of fraud’

Former President Donald Trump speaking in Ohio

New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing Donald Trump and the Trump Organization for engaging in “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” in preparing annual financial statements between 2011 and 2021.

The lawsuit says the fraud was approved at the highest levels of the company, including by Mr Trump himself as well as his children Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump. The fraud and misrepresentation also grossly inflated Mr Trump’s personal net worth by billions of dollars.

False and misleading statements were used “repeatedly and persistently” to induce banks to lend money on favorable terms, to satisfy loan covenants, and to induce insurers to provide coverage for higher limits and lower premiums.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the independent arbiter and special master tasked with inspecting all 11,000 documents seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago last month cast doubt on Mr Trump’s claims that he declassified the files.

Judge Raymond Dearie expressed doubt about Mr Trump’s reluctance to prove the declassification and remarked: “My view of it is: you can’t have your cake and eat it”.

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NY AG James says her investigators “uncovered more than 200 examples of false and misleading asset valuations that were used on his statements.”

— Cancellation of Trump’s business certificates, in a move known as New York’s “corporate death penalty.”

— A permanent ban on Trump and his children serving on any corporate board.

— A 5-year ban on Trump buying commercial real estate in New York.

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New York attorney general files $250m lawsuit against Trump and three of his children

New York Attorney General Letitia James has sued former President Donald Trump, his three eldest adult children, and a host of companies, organizations and persons associated with his eponymous real estate and licensing business following a three-year civil investigation into allegations of fraud.

“Following a comprehensive, three-year investigation by my office, including witnesses interviews with more than 65 witnesses and review of millions of documents that were submitted by Mr Trump and others, I am announcing that today we are filing a lawsuit against Donald Trump for violating the law as part of his efforts to generate profits for himself, his family and his company,” Ms James said during a Wednesday press conference to announce the civil litigation.

Alex Woodward and Andrew Feinberg have the details:

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New York AG James is referring the results of his investigation into former president Trump, his children, and corporation to the IRS Criminal Division and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for possible criminal prosecution.

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New York AG James wants to bar Donald Trump and the Trump Organization from seeking loans from financial institutions registered in the state for five years — potentially a lethal blow to the company.

Mr Trump’s adult children Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump are also named in the lawsuit.

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The lawsuit says Mr Trump and his company also used the false and misleading statements to satisfy loan covenants and to induce insurers to provide coverage for higher limits and lower premiums.

This conduct violated a state law against persistent and repeated business fraud, and also “violated a host of state criminal laws”.

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The lawsuit says the fraud was approved at the highest levels of the Trump Organization, including by Donald Trump himself.

The fraud and misrepresentation grossly inflated Mr Trump’s personal net worth, as reported by statements, by billions of dollars.

According to the lawsuit, Mr Trump and the Trump Organization used false and misleading statements to “repeatedly and persistently” induce banks to lend money on favorable terms.

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New York AG suing Trump for ‘numerous acts of fraud’

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is suing Donald Trump and the Trump Organization for engaging in “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” in preparing annual financial statements between 2011 and 2021, Reuters reports.

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Trump claims war in Ukraine would never have happened with him as president

As Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to use nuclear weapons, former president Donald Trump has claimed on Truth Social that the war in Ukraine would never have happened with him as presdient.

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Trump boasts he could end war in Ukraine

Donald Trump has said that he would meet with Vladimir Putin to stop the war in Ukraine if he were still president.

During a phone interview with Newsmax, host Rob Finnerty said, “speaking of Russia, Vladimir Putin wanted to showcase Russian strength in Ukraine when he invaded in February. Mr President, the opposite is happening, that is clear. If you were in the Oval Office today, how would you do more to engage directly with Vladimir Putin to try to get him to stop this war?”

“Well, I’d talk to him, I’d meet with him,” Mr Trump said. “I mean, there’s no communication with him with Biden, obviously.”

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Nikki Haley slams ‘racist’ host of The View for saying she hides Indian ethnicity

Nikki Haley, the former envoy to the UN, has slammed ABC’s The View host Sunny Hostin as a “racist” after she was called out for not using her first name that reflects her Indian ethnicity.

Describing her as a “chameleon”, Hostin took a potshot at Ms Haley when political commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin said she was an “incredibly effective governor in South Carolina” over her potential 2024 presidential run.

“There are some of us that can be chameleons and decide not to embrace our ethnicities so that we can pass, so that we don’t have to go by…” Hostin said on Tuesday’s edition of the daytime political talk show, asking her real name.

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