Manhattan DA expands probe into Trump company to include family estate: report

Source: The Hill | January 16, 2021 | Celine Castronuovo

A probe into the Trump Organization’s business dealings led by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has reportedly expanded to include the Trump family’s Westchester County estate.

CNN reported Friday that court documents it had obtained revealed President Trump’s son, Eric Trump, who serves as the executive vice president of the Trump Organization, was directly involved in discussions on the 212-acre property, called Seven Springs.

Town officials have reportedly been sent grand jury subpoenas seeking information surrounding any conversations or correspondence they have had with the Trump Organization on its development plans.

Roland Baroni, a lawyer for the town of North Castle, N.Y., told CNN that the town had received and complied with a subpoena “asking for the planning board files, any correspondence, any email” exchanged between the town and the Trump Organization.

North Castle is one of three municipalities the large family compound covers.

CNBC reported Friday that a lawyer for the town of Bedford, N.Y., said they had also received a subpoena from Vance’s office sometime “before Christmas” for information and records relating to the estate.

The town supervisor for the third town, New Castle, declined CNBC’s request for comment.

People familiar with the investigation told CNN that the Trump Organization had also been subpoenaed for information on the property, including tax deductions the company took after donating a portion of the land to a public trust for conservation. 

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According to CNN, Trump’s business sought to develop the property multiple times, including putting together plans to potentially build a golf course or a community of residential homes. 

By making a land donation for conservation, a property is able to undergo a tax deduction based on the value of the property. Vance’s investigation is looking into whether the value was inflated on the property to get a more beneficial tax deduction. 

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