Donald Trump's civil trial for tax evasion will take place in October 2023
Republican Donald Trump at a partisan rally in Arizona ahead of the midterm elections last October before the 2024 presidential election, the civil trial of Donald Trump and three of his children, accused of fraudulent tax practices within the Trump Organization.
In this case, New York State Attorney General Letitia James accuses the Republican billionaire and his children of deliberately manipulating the valuations of the assets of the group, which includes golf clubs, luxury hotels and other properties, to obtain better loans from banks or to reduce her taxes.
She is seeking US$250 million in damages on behalf of the #x27;State as well as bans on running companies for the ex-president and his relatives.
Also targeted are three children of the former president, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump.
Judge Arthur Engoron, of the Supreme Court of New York State on Tuesday set a trial schedule that runs from December 2022 to October 2, 2023, when the trial begins.
Donald Trump, who has officially indicated last week to be a presidential candidate of 2024, is targeted in several legal proceedings, but he is not currently the subject of any charges.
Three days after this declaration of candidacy, the Secretary of Justice, Merrick Garland, had announced the appointment of a special prosecutor, Jack Smith, to take over two ongoing investigations of the American justice: one on the Donald Trump's efforts to change the results of the 2020 presidential election, the other on the management of the White House archives.
Donald Trump (right) and his children Eric, Donald Jr and Ivanka
This special prosecutor will be responsible for deciding whether to indict Donald Trump in one of these two cases, but it will be up to Secretary Garland to decide.
The former president (2017-2021) emerged weakened from the midterm elections in November after results less good than expected for the Republicans and several defeats of candidates he supported, while & #x27;one of his potential rivals for his party's primaries, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, was triumphantly re-elected.
On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court United also authorized the transfer of the former president's tax returns, rejecting a final appeal from Donald Trump.
A committee of the House of Representatives, in the hands of the Democrats until January, has been demanding for three years the documents transmitted to the tax authorities by the billionaire between 2015 and 2020.
However, unlike all tenants of the White House since the 1970s, Donald Trump has always refused to release his tax returns and fought fiercely in court to block this Congressional request.
Donald Trump and his children are accused by the New York State Attorney General of deliberately manipulating asset valuations of the Trump Organization.
Donald Trump's lack of transparency, which has made his wealth a campaign argument, has fueled speculation for years about the extent of his fortune or on possible conflicts of interest.
It is not certain, however, that the transfer of its tax archives to Congress lifts the veil on the affairs of the septuagenarian.
The commission, which called for these tax returns to develop ethical rules on the affairs of presidents, is not supposed to make them public. In January, Republicans will regain control of the House of Representatives and will likely abandon this work.