A state judge ruled in favor of the NY attorney general’s office in a case related to a property whose tax abatements were being investigated.
A New York state court judge on Tuesday ruled in an ongoing property tax abatement investigation that the Trump organization must turn over documents related to the investigation to the NY Attorney general office.
Previously documents were claimed to be protected under attorney-client privilege by the Trump organization.
Trump organizations attorney, Amy Carlin, argued during the hearing on Tuesday that the organization had expected that the communication involving an engineer about a property in Westchester would be confidential.
The attorney general’s office argued that the documents were not privileged partly because the privilege was waived off when certain documents were disclosed to the IRS to gain tax benefits.
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New York Attorney General’s office has been investigating Trump’s organization since 2019 regarding President Donald Trump’s annual financial statements. In the statements, allegedly, the value of some of the president’s assets was inflated to secure favorable loans and the value of others was deflated to gain tax benefits. These statements came to light after the congressional hearing of Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen’s last year.
“Refusal to release those documents has hampered the attorney general’s ability to investigate,” said Eric Haren, representing the attorney general’s office in the hearing.
Judge Arthur Engoron, after the arguments, ruled in favor of the attorney general’s office.