New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into Donald Trump's charitable foundation to determine whether he or his charity has violated state law.
An official close to the case stated that the probe will be investigating whether the foundation committed any violations or made misrepresentations to the state.
The official has stated that if evidence of alleged crimes are found, the matter could be referred to prosecutors, who would then pursue criminal charges.
One of those investigation's demands would be the release of the infamous Trump's tax returns that he refuses to make available due to a specious claim that he is under audit by the government and therefore cannot.
This is the state's second front against the Trump Foundation following state Attorney General Barbara Underwood's lawsuit that alleges Trump illegally used his charity to settle legal disputes, help his campaign for president and pay for personal and business expenses including a $10,000 six-foot portrait of himself that presently hangs in his golf club.
The attorney general's office is seeking $2.8 million in restitution and other unspecified penalties in its civil suit and has referred it's findings to the IRS and the Federal Election Commission for possible a possible criminal investigation.
In addressing that point the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced this week that he will grant the states Attorney General the power to pursue a criminal investigation if it is requested.
For his part Trump has tweeted "I won't settle this case!" about the investigation proving only that he does not know how investigations work.
Trump is presently fighting two other lawsuits that could force him to release his returns both of which allege that he has violated the constitution's emoluments clause that bans him from accepting foreign government payments such as... Oh let's say... Allowing foreign diplomats and governments representatives to spend vast sums of money at his hotels and golf clubs that could be construed as a bribe.