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New York AG’s office opens criminal probe into Trump Organization

The New York Attorney General’s office said Tuesday that it is pursuing a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization, in addition to the ongoing civil probe.

“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA. We have no additional comment at this time,” said Fabien Levy, a spokesperson for the office said in a statement.

Tish James, the attorney general, has been at the forefront of legal action against former President Donald Trump’s family business.

The Trump Organization investigation stemmed from allegations made by the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who alleged when he testified to Congress in 2019 that Trump had deliberately provided incorrect valuations of assets in official documents, NBC News has previously reported, citing a source familiar with the investigation.

Her office’s yearslong probe into Trump’s charitable foundation led to its dissolution in 2018. More recently, her investigation into whether the president’s business had inflated the value of its assets for the purposes of tax breaks and loans came to a head this past October when Eric Trump, the president’s son and an executive at his business, sat for a pre-election deposition.

A representative from the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.