Donald Trump in his vehicle after leaving the New York district attorney's office, where his supporters came to support him.
Donald Trump remained silent on Wednesday during a six-hour sworn hearing with the New York Attorney General, who suspects him of financial fraud within his Trump Organization group, in the midst of a political storm after a spectacular FBI search of his home. him in Florida.
The former President of the United States has been targeted since 2019 with two of his children – Ivanka and Donald son – by a civil investigation of the most New York State High Court Justice Letitia James.
He was heard by Ms. James and her team in Manhattan from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, but he announced in a statement at the start of the hearing that he had invoked the famous Fifth Amendment of the American Constitution, which allows all litigants not to testify against themselves.
The magistrate, an elected Democrat, confirmed this in a brief press release after her face-to-face with the Republican billionaire and assured that she will pursue the facts [and enforcement] of the law, wherever that leads. Our investigations continue, promised Ms. James, who has been insisting for three years that no one is above the law in the United States.
On the contrary, in his statement, the 45th American president once again presented himself as the victim of a witch hunt and claimed to have refused to answer questions under the Constitution.
< p class="e-p">At the end of the audition, the businessman spoke on his social network Truth Social about a very professional meeting. I have a fantastic business with great assets, very little debt and lots of CASH. It only happens in America! he added.
As soon as he entered Mrs. James's, he had mocked her lavish, magnificent and expensive office […], beautiful conditions of work, while people are being killed in New York and she spends her time and effort trying to "catch Trump".
And when he arrived in New York on Tuesday evening, he had even accused the African-American prosecutor of being racist, claiming himself to be, with his family and the Trump Organization, the target of attacks from all sides in a banana republic ruled by Democrat Joe Biden.
This hearing of Donald Trump – who left office on January 20, 2021 without acknowledging Joe Biden's victory and who openly flirts with the idea of running again in 2024 – had been requested by Ms James for months and had been set. to July 15. But the death of Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana, further pushed back the hearing.
According to CNN, Ivanka and Donald Jr. were quietly heard by the services of the Attorney General at the end of July and the beginning of August.
Donald Trump greeted his supporters as he left Trump Tower .
The civil investigation against the family group Trump Organization had been opened after the explosive testimony in Congress in Washington by one of Donald Trump's former personal lawyers, Michael Cohen, who had alleged fraudulent appraisals , up or down, of assets within the Trump Organization to obtain loans, to obtain tax reductions or to receive better insurance compensation.
Letitia James assured in January that she had unearthed significant evidence suggesting that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization had falsely and fraudulently valued a number of assets, including golf courses or the American billionaire's personal triplex, located in the Trump Tower in New York.
These allegations had been dismissed by Donald Trump's lawyers.
The Attorney General does not have the power to indict Donald Trump, but she can bring civil suits, including seeking financial damages.
The alleged facts also do the subject of an investigation, criminal this time, led by the Manhattan prosecutor.
The residence of former US President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida
The hearing comes two days after an unprecedented search of Donald Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, sparked outrage among Republicans.
He even suggested on Truth Social that the FBI may have planted evidence against him during the operation.
Never has a former White House tenant ever ;had been worried by justice in this way.
Does the federal police search have to do with the many boxes that Donald Trump took with him when he left the White House in January 2021? Is she related to the investigation into her responsibility for the Capitol storming? Is it more about the suspicions of financial fraud against the Trump Organization in New York?
Neither the Department of Justice, nor the FBI, nor the New York City Justice did not comment this week. Donald Trump claims his innocence in all these cases.