Westchester DA concludes Trump investigation without bringing charges

 June 17, 2023

Former President Donald Trump continues to be reviled by a certain segment of the population, with many leftists celebrating indictments from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Special Counsel Jack Smith.

Yet those prosecutions may be their last chance to see him convicted, however, as a third case against Trump appears to have collapsed. 

No charges following two-year investigation

According to Business Insider, the Westchester County District Attorney's office has concluded its nearly two-year-long investigation of the Trump Organization without bringing charges.

Beginning in October of 2021, it focused on suspicions that the company attempted to dodge property taxes in Westchester County by misreporting the value of its Trump National Golf Club.

The investigation was overseen by Elliott Jacobson, a special prosecutor hired by District Attorney Mimi Rocah who left her office late last year.

Business Insider cited an unnamed person who is said to be familiar with the investigation but unauthorized to speak about it publicly.

Golf course party of New York AG's civil suit

The source indicated that Jacobson found "evidence collected in the investigation couldn't support criminal charges, regarded conduct outside the statute of limitations, or overlapped with investigations underway by other law enforcement officials."

What's more, Business Insider noted how much of what was uncovered "came under the jurisdiction of the New York attorney general's office."

The magazine explained that whereas district attorneys in New York "can pursue only criminal cases, while the attorney general's office has the power to bring civil lawsuits."

It also stressed that New York Attorney General Letitia James brought a civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization this past September, a case which is not scheduled to go to trial until the fall.

"At Mr. Trump's golf course in Westchester, the valuation for 2011 assumed new members would pay an initiation fee of nearly $200,000 for each of the 67 unsold memberships, even though many new members in that year paid no initiation fee at all," Business Insider quoted James' lawsuit as alleging.

Poll shows Trump on track to win GOP nomination

"In some instances, Mr. Trump specifically directed club employees to reduce or eliminate the initiation fees to boost membership numbers," it went on to assert.

Meanwhile, Trump's legal challenges are apparently having little impact on his quest for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, with a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey put out on Friday showing him to be the clear favorite.

"The indictment of former President Trump has had no impact on his support in the GOP primary as Ron DeSantis has even more ground to make up with the entry of so many new candidates," The Hill quoted survey co-director Mark Penn as saying.

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