Michael Cohen, right, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, walks past committee member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center, during a break in Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

New York AG Letitia James announced a $250 million lawsuit against Trump and his business this week.
But the investigation into his business practices was sparked at a 2019 Congressional hearing.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen about Trump’s alleged fraud.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s probing questions at a congressional hearing more than three years ago bore legal fruit this week when New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a $250 million civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump — and credited the Democratic lawmaker with sparking the investigation.

The New York attorney general’s office announced Wednesday that it had asked federal prosecutors to investigate Trump’s business practice regarding possible federal crimes.

The request comes on the heels of James filing a sprawling lawsuit against Trump, his three eldest children, and the Trump Organization, accusing the former president of inflating his net worth and claiming that his business artificially inflated or deflated asset values for tax purposes.

The announcement is the culmination of James’ three-year probe into Trump and his New York business empire. But the story of Trump’s most recent legal malady begins at a February 2019 congressional hearing — where a then-freshman lawmaker went toe-to-toe with a convicted criminal.

Just one month into her newfound role as a congresswoman, Ocasio-Cortez stole the show at a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing where Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, testified publicly against his one-time boss.

Ocasio-Cortez, who sent shockwaves through Washington, DC, the year prior after she unseated a longtime lawmaker in New York’s Democratic primary, earned praise …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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