Westchester County DA reportedly closed down criminal probe of Trump Organization without pressing charges

June 16, 2023
Ben Marquis

Former President Donald Trump is facing a slew of criminal investigations and civil lawsuits at the local, state, and federal levels, but now reportedly has one less potential prosecution to worry about.

It was reported this week that the Westchester County District Attorney's Office in New York has closed down a criminal investigation and will not pursue charges against the former president's family-owned business, Breitbart reported.

The Westchester D.A. has spent nearly two years probing allegations that the Trump Organization manipulated the values of some of its properties in order to reduce tax obligations, among other possible benefits.

Anonymous source provides details

Business Insider reported exclusively on Wednesday that the office of Democratic Westchester D.A. Miriam Rocah quietly shut down its investigation of the Trump Organization earlier this month and decided against bringing any criminal charges.

According to an anonymous source known to Insider who is "familiar with the investigation," that decision by Rocah was due at least in part to the departure from her office late last year of Elliot Jacobson, a special prosecutor she specifically hired to assist in that probe of the former president's family business.

Per the source, Jacobson's exit followed his determination that there was insufficient evidence to support criminal charges, the statute of limitations had expired for the alleged crimes, and that it overlapped with and was duplicative of similar ongoing investigations in other jurisdictions.

Indeed, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, which indicted Trump earlier this year over alleged falsification of business records, has been criminally investigating the Trump Organization on a range of matters including property valuations, while Democratic New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a massive civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization last year that covers the property valuations allegations among other things.

It does not appear that the Westchester DA's Office has publicly confirmed or denied the report, and a representative of the Trump Organization declined to respond to a request for comment.

Trump responds

In response to that news, former President Trump posted an all-caps message to his Truth Social account that said, "After going through a criminal investigation for two years by the district attorney's office in Westchester County, New York, it was just announced that the case has been dropped, and no charges will be filed."

"This was the honorable thing to do in that I did nothing wrong, but where and when do I get my reputation back? When will the other fake cases against me be dropped? Election interference!!!" he added.

Of course, while the shuttering of this one particular investigation into the Trump Organization is undoubtedly a relief to Trump, he is far from being out of the woods with respect to the dozens of other criminal investigations and civil lawsuits that remain active or pending against him and his family business.

All of Trump's various investigations and lawsuits

Forbes has compiled a sort of tracker for all of former President Trump's legal woes that includes both active and settled criminal investigations and civil lawsuits, and counted 18 that involve his various business ventures, seven related to the 2020 election and its aftermath, nine in regard to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and 12 lawsuits that involve Trump personally -- again, some of which have already been settled and/or dismissed.

At the federal level, that includes his alleged mishandling of government documents, multiple criminal and regulatory probes of his businesses, congressional committee investigations and lawsuits, the 2020 election, and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Of course, while some are quite clearly politically motivated and part of the left's broader anti-Trump "witch hunt" he so often references, others seem to be based on actual alleged infractions and violations and could spell real trouble for him eventually.

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