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Judge orders Trump Organization to give records to New York AG

Judge orders Trump Organization to give records to New York AG
President Donald Trump drives a golf cart as he plays golf Sunday at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A state judge on Tuesday ruled that the Trump Organization must turn over records related to a property under civil investigation by the New York attorney general's office.

The documents are related to a conservation easement that was granted to the Seven Springs estate in New York's Westchester County that granted President Donald Trump's company a $21 million tax deduction.

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The materials that must be turned over the the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James include messages between an engineer and a land-use lawyer working on Trump's behalf.

"We will immediately move to ensure that the Trump Organization complies with the court's order and submits records related to our investigation," James said in a statement following the ruling.

"My office's ongoing investigation will continue, as we continue to follow the facts wherever they may lead."

Amy Carlin, an attorney for the Trump Organization, said on Tuesday that it had "every expectation that those communications would be confidential" and protected by attorney-client privilege.

Eric Haren of the attorney general's office, however, stated that the Trump Organization "waived privilege" when it disclosed some documents to the IRS to "gain benefit."

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Trump has been accused of inflating the value of assets to obtain favorable loan rates and undercutting property values for tax benefits.

James' office has been investigating Trump since his former attorney Michael Cohen testified in 2019 that Trump engaged in the practice.

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