he Manhattan district attorney’s office has expanded its criminal investigation into the Trump Organization’s finances to include the family’s compound in Westchester County, according to lawyers and people familiar with the investigation.
Prosecutors’ interest in the 212-acre property called Seven Springs is a significant widening of an investigation that began more than a year ago.
It also draws closer to President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, who was directly involved in discussions about the property now under scrutiny, according to court filings.
Prosecutors sent grand jury subpoenas within the past two months to town officials seeking documents and communications that officials had with the Trump Organization relating to development plans it considered for the sprawling family property.
Roland Baroni, a lawyer for the town of North Castle, New York — one of three municipalities that the property straddles — confirmed the town received a subpoena “asking for the planning board files, any correspondence, any email” exchanged between the town and the Trump Organization.
He told CNN that the town complied with the request and that prosecutors have not sought to interview any officials.
The Trump Organization has also been subpoenaed for information related to the property and tax deductions it took after donating a conservation easement to a public trust, according to people familiar with the investigation.
The criminal investigation poses a significant threat to Trump, his business and his family as he leaves the White House next week and will no longer have the shield of the presidency to delay or postpone lawsuits and investigations.
Being president of the United States has been good for Donald Trump’s bottom line. For instance, when he spends weekends at Mar-a-Lago, his resort charges (taxpayers) top dollar for rooms for Secret Service and other members of his entourage, along with their bar tabs—money that winds up in the president’s pocket.
From 2017 to 2019, the president’s businesses raked in an estimated $1.9 billion of revenue. And because the business empire is run by a trust of which he is the sole beneficiary, he profits handsomely from the many hotel stays, meals, and banquet-hall rentals.
Trump will be the first president to literally rake in billions of dollars while serving in office.
Yet in other ways, becoming president has been very bad for Trump’s business, thanks to his name becoming synonymous with racism, corruption, sexual misconduct, possible tax fraud, and mental instability. Ironically, had Trump not insisted on slapping his name on the side of every single one of his properties in 1,000-inch font, the damage might not have been so bad.