Since the start of his 2016 campaign for President, Donald Trump's and the Trump Organization's finances have been a major subject of scrutiny—scrutiny that's only exacerbated by Trump's repeated unwillingness to disclose them.
But this caginess hasn't stopped New York Attorney General Letitia James from investigating the Trump Organization. This past January, James filed a petition with the New York Supreme Court, accusing the real estate company of misleading financial institutions and the Internal Revenue Service about the value of its assets, laying out a potential pattern of fraud in an effort to compel the testimony of Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump.
That filing comes just months after Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who left his position earlier this year, charged the Trump Organization with running a 15 year scheme that shielded its executives from taxes through the provision of benefits outside the scope of authorities.
Though the former President may think the case is meritless, his accounting firm—or, rather, his former accounting firm—is taking the investigation seriously. Mazars USA cut ties with Trump and his organization earlier this month, saying in a letter that the past decade of the Trump Organization's financial statements were no longer reliable amid the ongoing civil and criminal fraud investigations.
The letter read in part:
"Due in part to our decision regarding the financial statements, as well as the totality of the cirucmstances, we have also reached the point such that there is a non-waivable conflict of interest with the Trump Organization. As a result, we are not able to provide any new work product to the Trump Organization."
The news generated much discussion social media.
Some think Trump's goose just might be cooked.
The New York Supreme Court Justice overseeing the case has since ruled that Trump and two of his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, must sit for depositions with the New York Attorney General's office.