Donald Trump trial: How the AOC inadvertently triggered the New York Attorney General’s Trump trial

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Wednesday, the New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her $250 million civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trumpshe specifically quoted former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen‘s testimony in 2019, in which he revealed that the former president fraudulently inflated the value of his assets.

“I want to remind everybody that this investigation only started after Michael Cohen, the former lawyer, his former lawyer testified before Congress shed light on this wrongdoing,” she said.

The question that triggered Mr. Cohen’s response came in 2019 from Ms. James’ New Yorker colleague, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In 2019, Mr. Cohen testified against his former before the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. At the time, Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who the previous year had beaten former House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley in a primary in New York’s 14th district, questioned whether Mr Trump had ever provided inflated assets to an insurance company.

“Yes,” Mr. Cohen said in response. When Ms. Ocasio-Cortez asked who else knew Trump was doing this, he said “Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari.”

The lawsuit also named Mr. Lieberman, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. Specifically, it said Mr. Weisselberg helped Mr. Trump make fraudulent statements of financial condition regarding his properties.

“Mr. Trump indicated through Mr. Weisselberg that he wanted his net worth on his statements to increase every year, and the statements were the means by which his net worth was fraudulently inflated by billions of dollars year after year,” said Ms. James’ office. in a statement.

“And where would the committee find more information on this, do you think we have to go through his accounts and his tax returns,” she said.

“Yes, and you would find it at the Trump Org,” Mr. Cohen said.

The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Trump fraudulently inflated his net worth by millions of dollars so that banks could lend him and his companies money on more favorable terms that would not otherwise be available.

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