May 20, 2021 06:27 UTC
  • Trump slams criminal probe into his company as politically motivated

Former US President Donald Trump has slammed the state and local prosecutors in New York over their bid to launch a criminal probe into his company, arguing that it is a politically motivated effort to attack him.

"I have built a great company, employed thousands of people, and all I do is get unfairly attacked and abused by a corrupt political system. It would be so wonderful if the effort used against President Donald J. Trump, who lowered taxes and regulations, rebuilt our military, took care of our Veterans, created Space Force, fixed our border, produced our vaccine in record-setting time (years ahead of what was anticipated), and made our Country great and respected again, and so much more, would be focused on the ever more dangerous sidewalks and streets of New York," Trump wrote in a lengthy statement on Wednesday.

Trump’s statement comes a day after the office of New York’s attorney general announced that its joint investigation with the Manhattan district attorney into the Trump Organization is seeking criminal charges against the company.

“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature," Fabien Levy, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, said in a statement.

"We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA. We have no additional comment at this time.”

The investigations into the Trump Organization were launched after a congressional testimony by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who turned on his former boss since pleading guilty in 2018 to various fraud and campaign finance charges.

In his statement, Trump also referred to Cohen as a "low life" person, saying that the prosecutors are using their prosecutorial powers to harass him over political reasons.

 "That is what these investigations are all about—a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of the United States," Trump said. "Working in conjunction with Washington, these Democrats want to silence and cancel millions of voters because they don’t want 'Trump' to run again. As people are being killed on the sidewalks of New York at an unprecedented rate, as drugs and crime of all kinds are flowing through New York City at record levels, with absolutely nothing being done about it, all they care about is taking down Trump."