As soon as the district lawyer’s workplace responds, the decide overseeing the case, Juan Merchan, will resolve whether or not to dismiss a few of the fees. Such motions are normal, and judges not often toss out felony instances altogether.
If Justice Merchan declines to dismiss the case, it’s more likely to proceed to trial in State Supreme Courtroom in Manhattan. He has tentatively set a late summer time trial date.
The filings on Tuesday adopted a brutal stretch for the Trump Group, which can also be contending with Ms. James’s civil investigation. In a courtroom submitting final week, the state lawyer normal revealed that Mr. Trump’s longtime accounting agency had reduce ties with him and primarily retracted a decade of his monetary statements.
Each her civil inquiry and Mr. Bragg’s felony investigation are centered on whether or not Mr. Trump used these statements to improperly inflate the worth of his belongings.
Ms. James had sought to query Mr. Trump beneath oath, which he has resisted, and final week, a decide sided along with her. The decide ordered Mr. Trump and two of his grownup youngsters to face questioning from Ms. James’s workplace within the coming weeks, a significant blow to the Trumps, who say they intend to attraction the ruling. (If they’re interviewed, they’re more likely to decline to reply questions, invoking their Fifth Modification proper to not incriminate themselves).
Legal professionals for Mr. Trump additionally argued in that listening to that Ms. James’s investigation was politically motivated. However the decide dismissed that argument, saying that the lawyer normal had a adequate foundation for persevering with her investigation.
Though Ms. James doesn’t have the flexibility to cost Mr. Trump criminally, she will sue him, and in a courtroom submitting final month, she instructed that she had already amassed important proof in opposition to Mr. Trump’s household enterprise, accusing it of partaking in “fraudulent or deceptive” practices.
One piece of proof she cited was Mr. Weisselberg’s admission that the corporate had overstated the worth of Mr. Trump’s penthouse in Trump Tower. In testimony with the lawyer normal’s workplace, Mr. Weisselberg acknowledged that the corporate had overvalued the condominium by “give or take” $200 million.