Donald Trump in civil trial for tax evasion in October 2023

New York justice has set October 2, 2023, 13 months before the 2024 presidential election, for the civil trial of Donald Trump and three of his children, accused of fraudulent tax practices within the Trump Organization.

In that case, New York State Attorney GeneralLetitia James, accuses the Republican billionaire and his children of having “deliberately” manipulated the valuations of the assets of the group – which includes golf clubs, luxury hotels and other properties – to obtain more advantageous loans from banks or reduce their taxes.

She claims 250 million dollars in damages on behalf of the state, as well as prohibitions to run companies for the ex-president and his relatives. Also targeted are three children of the former president, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump. Judge Arthur Engoron of the New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday set a trial schedule from December 2022 to October 2, 2023, when the trial begins.

A special prosecutor appointed for criminal investigations

Donald Trump, who officially announced last week that he is a presidential candidate for 2024, is the subject of several legal proceedings, but he is not yet the subject of any charges.

Three days after this declaration of candidacy, the Minister of Justice Merrick Garland had announced the appointment of a special prosecutor, Jack Smith, to take over two ongoing investigations of American justice: one on Donald Trump’s efforts to change the results of the 2020 presidential election, the other on the management of the White House archives. This special prosecutor will be responsible for saying whether to charge Donald Trump in one of these two cases, but it will be up to the minister to decide.

Tax returns submitted to Congress

The former president (2017-2021) emerged weakened from the midterm elections in November, after results less good than expected for the Republicans and several defeats of candidates he supported, while one of his rivals prospects for a primary from his party, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was triumphantly re-elected.

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court also authorized the transfer of the former president’s tax returns, rejecting a final appeal by Donald Trump. A committee of the House of Representatives, in the hands of the Democrats until January, has been demanding for three years the documents transmitted to the tax authorities by the billionaire between 2015 and 2020.

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