- Former Trump Organization law firm has to hand documents over to the New York attorney general.
- This is the final step in an investigation into whether Trump mistakenly increased the value of his wealth.
- A judge ruled that the documents were not protected by attorney privilege.
A law firm that used to represent the Trump Organization was ordered to hand over documents to a New York attorney general who was investigating the former president.
Letitia James’ investigation into the organization’s finances – and Trump’s personal finances – aims to determine whether the Trump organization has mistakenly increased the value of Trump’s assets for access to credit and tax breaks.
The law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, who previously worked for the organization, argued that the documents were protected by attorney and client law, according to Reuters. However, since it was business and not legal advice, Judge Arthur Engoron said they were not protected, the agency reported.
“The communication of a lawyer is not associated with privileges if the lawyer is hired for business or personal advice or for the work of a non-lawyer,” Reuters reported Engoron on Friday as a decision.
According to the Associated Press, James is investigating asset transactions and documents, including:
- Seven Springs, a 21-acre property north of New York City, Trump was about to turn into a golf course.
- Trump National Golf Club near Los Angeles.
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James has already won a victory over the Trump family. In November 2019, Trump settled a $ 2 million case. He and his children were accused of misusing Trump Foundation funds for personal gain. In the case, it was alleged that Trump used the charity’s assets to influence the 2016 primaries.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius employs Trump’s longtime former tax advisor, Sheri Dillon, according to Reuters.
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.