Taxing times for Trump: prosecutors step up civil and criminal probes

It’s a challenging task, but investigators are determined to find if there’s any dirt in his property dealings

09 February 2021 - 21:44 By Jason Szep, Joseph Tanfani and Peter Eisler

As former US president Donald Trump goes to trial this week in the Senate on charges of inciting the January 6 Capitol insurrection, criminal and civil investigations into his businesses are accelerating in New York.

Manhattan prosecutors probing Trump’s real-estate business for possible insurance and tax fraud have stepped up witness interviews in recent months and hired forensic accountants, according to four people familiar with the criminal probe. A separate state attorney-general’s civil probe into whether the business falsely reported property values got a boost on January 29, when a New York Supreme Court judge ordered the Trump Organisation to turn over documents...

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