New York prosecutor probing Trump business deals

Letitia James

The New York Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into four major projects of the Trump Organization, the real estate and branding firm owned by President Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted an apparent response Tuesday night, decrying his home state and its governor as "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS".

"New York State and its Governor, Andrew Cuomo, are now proud members of the group of PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS", Trump tweeted. No wonder people are fleeing the State in record numbers.

The Deutsche Bank subpoena seeks loan applications, mortgages, lines of credit and other records of financial transactions in connection to a number of Trump hotels in the United States, the New York Times reported Monday.

The New York attorney general issued subpoenas for Deutsche Bank records relating to funding for several Trump Organization projects, according to The New York Times.

Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, told Congress in late February that Trump exaggerated his wealth on financial statements provided to Deutsche Bank when he was trying to obtain financing to buy the Bills.

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Deutsche Bank has been one of the few major banks willing to regularly lend to Trump, whose past financial troubles scared off large NY banks. Both banks declined to comment on this when reached by the Times.

As well as Deutsche Bank, the probe also sought records from New Jersey-based Investors Bank, the report said.

"I will be shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing, demanding truthfulness at every turn", she said in her election victory speech in November, according to the Times. Trump and his allies have repeatedly expressed fears about the consequences of investigators' examinings his financial and business history.

Lying on financial forms in order to better your chances for loans is a civil crime, and in NY state the attorney general has broad authority to deal with such matters, including levying huge fines on corporations found in violation of such laws.

Deutsche Bank had been Trump's go-to lender for decades, even as other commercial banks stopped doing business with him because of multiple bankruptcies.

During his testimony in Washington, Cohen produced documents to back up some of his claims - including an alleged hush-money check signed by Trump and a financial statement that Cohen said was fraudulent.

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