New York prosecutor summons Trump to testify in tax fraud case

The state prosecutor of New York, Letitia James, wants the former president Donald Trump declare in the framework of your investigation about a possible tax fraud of the family group Trump Organization, assures this Thursday The Washington Post.

The newspaper, which cites sources close to the case, assures that James summoned the former president to his office on January 7, in the framework of the civil investigation into alleged tax crimes of the Trump Organization.

Questioned by AFP, the spokesman for the prosecution, Fabien Levy, declined to comment.

On July 1, Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization and faithful among the faithful of Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty to tax fraud in Manhattan court.

Weisselberg is accused of having deliberately hidden from the treasury, between 2005 and 2021, some 1.7 million dollars of benefits in kind that he received from the Trump Organization, which would have prevented him from paying close to a million dollars in federal and local taxes.

He is also accused of having reported that he was not a resident of New York City to avoid taxes.

Meanwhile, the Trump Organization is accused of having helped hide those benefits.

According to Post sources, James wonders about the true scope of the fraud, whether it “spread to the Trump Organization.”

The former Republican president, who is not personally accused in this investigation, denounced in July that he was the victim of a “witch hunt.”

If he refused to testify, the prosecutor could force him to appear before a tribune, according to The Washington Post. That was what happened in October 2020 to force Eric Trump —One of the sons of the ex-president and one of the directors of the Trump Organization — to testify in the same investigation.

The investigation against the Trump Organization is being carried out by the Manhattan prosecutor and her deputy Cyrus Vance, two Democrats. In fact, James is a candidate for governor of the state and Vance will end his functions on December 31 after ten years in the New York prosecutor’s office.

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