NY probe found potential crimes. Here’s why Trump isn’t facing criminal charges

Donald Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general isn’t arresting former President Donald Trump even though she says her three-year investigation uncovered potential crimes in the way he ran his real estate empire.

Instead, Democrat Letitia James announced a civil lawsuit seeking $250 million and a permanent ban on the Republican former president from doing business in the state.

So why isn’t Trump being prosecuted?

For one, James doesn’t have jurisdiction under state law to bring a criminal case. For another, mounting a criminal fraud case is far more challenging than a civil lawsuit.

Trump says he didn’t break any laws and the lawsuit is politically motivated.


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