James’ office said in May 2021 that the investigation into the Trump Organization was turning into a criminal investigation.
“We have notified the Trump Organization that our investigation into the company is no longer purely civilian in nature,” Fabien Levy, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, said in May 2021. “We are now actively investigating on the Trump Organization in a criminal case”. capacity, as well as the Manhattan DA. We have no additional comments at this time.”
Also in May 2021, James said she had assigned two attorneys to work with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on the investigation.
An investigation by the Manhattan district attorney
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has not ruled out a case against the former president after accusing the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer of tax evasion schemes.
The Trump Organization was accused in July 2021 of setting up a 15-year program to help its leaders evade taxes by paying them with benefits that were hidden from authorities.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which led the investigation alongside the New York Attorney General, also accused top executive Allen H. Weisselberg of avoiding taxes on $1.7 million benefits. dollars that should have been reported as income. Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime and trusted chief financial officer, faces grand theft, tax evasion and other charges.
Possible election interference in Georgia
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating possible election interference in Georgia, where Trump called the secretary of state and asked him to “find” 11,780 more votes.
In February 2021, Fulton County prosecutors opened the criminal investigation.
“This investigation includes, but is not limited to, potential violations of Georgia law prohibiting solicitation of voter fraud, making false statements to state and local government bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the administration of elections,” reads a letter sent to numerous state officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking them to retain the documents related to “an investigation into attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 general elections in Georgia”.
A special grand jury with subpoena power was seated in May at Willis’ request.
In July, Willis filed motions seeking to compel testimony from seven Trump advisers and associates, including Rudy Giuliani, a Trump attorney and former New York mayor.
Among them is Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, who received a subpoena issued on July 26 and orders him to appear before the special grand jury to testify on August 23, his lawyers said in a filing. judicial. Graham is seeking to have the subpoena challenge heard in federal court in Atlanta rather than the Fulton County Superior Court judge overseeing the special grand jury.
Justice Department investigation into efforts to nullify 2020 election
The Justice Department is using a grand jury in Washington to investigate efforts by Trump and his entourage to create fake voters and pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to void the 2020 election.
Officials said the Justice Department and FBI are looking into the issue of fake voters, which Trump and others hope could be vetted by state lawmakers in a last-ditch attempt to keep Trump in the House. White.
In June, federal agents issued subpoenas to people in at least two states, The Washington Post reported.
One was the home of Brad Carver, a Georgia lawyer who allegedly signed a document claiming to be a Trump voter. The other was the Virginia home of Thomas Lane, who worked on Trump campaign efforts in Arizona and New Mexico. FBI officials have not identified the people associated with these addresses, but public records list each of the locations as the men’s home addresses.
At least some of Trump’s potential voters in Michigan also received subpoenas in June, the Post reported.
It comes as a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising held a number of public hearings over the summer, detailing the panel’s findings and interviewing witnesses.
Material from Globe wire services was used in this report.