Investigation Into Trump Org Is Now a 'Criminal' Matter and Trump Just Went Off in the Most Trump Way
The years-long investigation into former President Donald Trump's company—the Trump Organization—escalated significantly this week when the New York Attorney General's office announced that the probe was no longer for civil infractions, but criminal ones as well.
In a statement announcing the development, New York Attorney General Letitia James said the Manhattan District Attorney, Cy Vance, was also investigating for criminal activity:
"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."
The development comes just weeks after authorities executed a long-delayed search warrant for the home of Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and after Vance's office finally gained access to a significant portion of the financial records Trump had repeatedly concealed from Congress, the authorities, and the public.
While charges have yet to be filed, former Justice Department official Neal Katyal said James' letter presented a damning threat to the Trump Organization and key players within the Trump family.
In an interview with MSNBC's Brian Williams, Katyal said of the letter:
"It's not some statement from Nancy Pelosi or Joe Biden or Kamala Harris. It's not even a Supreme Court loss, of which Trump had many, or a civil fine, of which Trump has paid many. This is a letter talking about jail time."
Given the frantic, practically incoherent statement from Trump regarding the news, Katyal would appear to be right.
INBOX - Trump statement on New York investigation. https://t.co/QZ09jKE420— Eat love Pray (@Eat love Pray) 1621441694.0
Trump predictably rehashed the talking points that every effort towards his accountability was a "witch hunt":
"I have just learned, through leaks in the mainstream media, that after being under investigation from the time I came down the escalator 5 ½ years ago, including the fake Russia Russia Russia Hoax, the 2 year, $48M, No Collusion Mueller Witch Hunt, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and others, that the Democrat New York Attorney General has 'informed' my organization that their 'investigation' is no longer just a civil matter but also potentially a "criminal" investigation working with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office."
He went on to accuse James of bias, claiming she was elected by "partisan voters," compared the American legal system to "third-world" countries, and said no President has been treated more viciously than he has.
He wasn't met with sympathy.
@MSNBC For someone that so many consider a “strongman” he sure plays the victim card a lot.— Julie (@Julie) 1621444136.0
@MSNBC It would be pretty funny if the entire GOP put their chips on trump and then he goes to prison.— Bill Ponderosa (@Bill Ponderosa) 1621444123.0
And they weren't surprised by its contents.
@MSNBC No need to read what his statement says. Its just a play back button he uses— Bobbi Kissel (@Bobbi Kissel) 1621444609.0
@MSNBC Could someone in his circle help the former guy with a different expression / maga talking point. This is… https://t.co/gD0xtM5iP5— Mary C Englum Durham (@Mary C Englum Durham) 1621444300.0
@MSNBC He loves that phrase huh? Really do not miss that person!— Lori Wolfe (@Lori Wolfe) 1621444384.0
@MSNBC Let me guess: it’s a witch-hunt, they all hate me, Obama, Clinton, Pelosi...right?— Manatee Dreams (@Manatee Dreams) 1621443951.0
More and more people agree with Katyal that someone from the Trump Organization—if not Trump himself—will face prison time.
What does it say when it is announced that the Country’s former President is under criminal investigation?!? https://t.co/bxezovDIRI— petesieger (@petesieger) 1621433367.0
Good news. Trump's problems are growing worse by the day. Be patient when you click this link. I believe you will… https://t.co/5DQqBm4R9P— Ken Exline "Disable McConnell-Kill the Filibuster" (@Ken Exline "Disable McConnell-Kill the Filibuster") 1621424844.0
"Criminally Significant" That phrase is oddly comforting when thinking about the former guy and prison.… https://t.co/dotsfOO0tt— Curious_kitty (@Curious_kitty) 1621419810.0
Both the former President's critics and supporters are eagerly awaiting further information on the investigation's status.