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Heard under oath on Wednesday as part of a civil investigation into suspected financial fraud, former US President Donald Trump said as he declined to answer questions from the New York Attorney General’s office.

Trump insists. Former Republican President Donald Trump was heard under oath on Wednesday, Aug. 10, as part of a civil investigation suspected of financial fraud within his Trump Organization group. Asked by the New York Attorney General’s office, he indicated that he refused to answer questions of justice amid a political storm following a spectacular search by the FBI at his home in Florida.

Claiming once again to be the victim of a “witch hunt”, Donald Trump “refuses to answer questions under the rights and privileges granted to every citizen by the Constitution of the United States”, according to his press release. .

A few hours earlier, the former president wrote on his Truth Social that he was “in the opulent, beautiful and expensive office of Attorney General (Letitia James). Great working conditions as murdered people in New York and that he took his time and dedicates effort to try to ‘catch Trump’.”

On the same media, Donald Trump announced Tuesday night that he had arrived in New York to “see the racist New York Attorney General yesterday to continue the biggest witch hunt in United States history.” “My wonderful business and I am under attack from all sides,” he said, adding that the United States ruled by Democrat Joe Biden was akin to a “banana republic.”

“most corrupt”

In the same vein, one of his sons, Eric Trump, wrote on Twitter that his “father[was]going to sit down for a statement before the most corrupt Attorney General of the United States”, again accusing the African-American Democratic Magistrate Letitia James will embody “evil”.

The attorney general’s office did not respond to AFP’s requests.

The businessman and his two children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump, finally came under pressure after a three-year investigation by Letitia James. According to CNN, Ivanka and Donald Jr. were carefully listened to by the attorney general’s services in late July and early August.

Danger!

The civil investigation against the Trump Organization family group was opened in March 2019, following explosive testimony to Congress in Washington by Michael Cohen, one of Donald Trump’s former personal attorneys. The latter reported fraudulent assessments within the Trump Organization for over or under assets, obtaining loans, tax cuts or better insurance compensation.

Letitia James assured in January that she had “disclosed significant evidence suggesting that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization had falsely and fraudulently appraised a number of assets”, particularly those located in golf courses or Trump Tower. In the personal triplex of the American billionaire. New York.

The attorney general does not have the power to impeach Donald Trump, but he can initiate civil proceedings and specifically claim financial damages. The alleged facts are also the subject of a criminal investigation, this time led by Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg.

FBI Raid

The Trump Organization investigation has nothing to do with the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday. At Mar-a-Lago, investigators were looking for classified documents that the former president allegedly took with him when he left the White House in January 2021.

This caused a wave of outrage among Republicans. The former president even suggested on Truth Social that the FBI may have kept “evidence” against him during the operation. No former White House tenant has ever had such concern with justice.

Donald Trump, who apparently flirts with a new candidacy in 2024, claims his innocence in each of these cases.

with AFP and Reuters

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