On Tuesday night, the New York Attorney General
's Office announced a criminal investigation
into the Trump Organization
, which, according to one observer, spells big trouble for former President Donald Trump
and his family.
“This letter is not like ordinary politics
,” said former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal on MSNBC
“It isn’t a statement from Nancy Pelosi
, Joe Biden
, or Kamala Harris
; it isn’t even a Supreme Court
loss, of which Trump has had many, or a civil fine, of which Trump has paid many. This is a letter discussing jail time.”
“What this letter is saying is that prosecutors believe there is compelling evidence that the Trump Organization committed various crimes,” Katyal explained.
Katyal noted that the attorney general's office stated that they were working with the Manhattan
district attorney, who obtained Trump's tax returns following a Supreme Court battle. However, Katyal did admit that the former president could try to avoid responsibility, especially since the Trump Organization website prominently features images of Trump's two adult sons, Eric and Don Jr.
“I suppose Donald Trump can pull a Ted Cruz
and blame his kids here or something like that,” Katyal said, referring to how the Texas
senator blamed his daughters after he was caught sneaking away for a vacation in Cancun while his state experienced massive power outages as a result of a winter storm.
The Trump Organization was informed Tuesday evening that the investigation into the company was “no longer purely civil in nature
,” according to a spokesperson for New York Attorney General Letitia James
. The investigation, which began in 2019, has been examining Trump’s business
dealings before he entered the White House
“We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, in collaboration with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office,” according to the statement.
More of Katyal's analysis can be found in the section above.