“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil. We are now actively conducting a criminal investigation in conjunction with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office,” a spokesperson for the New York State Attorney’s Office, said in a statement.
Last year, a grand jury in a case led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance requested financial documents from the Trump Organization for the past eight years. Vance has previously stated that he is conducting a criminal investigation of Trump’s financial affairs to uncover potential violations of state laws by him. In August, the court refused to consider a request by Trump’s lawyers to ban access to his financial documents. Trump’s financial documents, primarily his tax returns, became the subject of intrigue during the 2016 election campaign. In contrast to the established practice, Trump did not make public information about his financial affairs, referring to the fact that his business and declarations are subject to financial audits.