Trump wins legal battle in New York golf course tax case

 June 19, 2023

Former President Donald Trump has won one of his many legal battles.

Trump resolved a legal issue in which a New York county prosecutor closed a multiyear investigation into some suspected tax irregularities involving his businesses.

"Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah closed her investigation looking into whether Trump and his company misled authorities to reduce taxes on owned properties, particularly his golf courses," reported the Washington Examiner. "Rocah did not file any charges against Trump or his company, the Trump Organization."

Rocah said the investigation was conducted "objectively and independent of politics, party affiliation, and personal or political beliefs."

"The investigation began in 2021 after Rocah suspected Trump or his company provided officials with misleading values to shrink the tax bill on his Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor. Rocah had subpoenaed records from the golf course and Ossining, the town that handles the golf course's taxes," reported the Examiner.

Trump's organization valued the golf course at $1.4 million for tax purposes, but later increased its estimate to value the property at $6.5 million. The town, however, had valued the property at more than $15 million. A New York judge cut the assessment to $9.5 million in 2021, which triggered refunds to the company totaling about $875,000 for overcharges on back taxes.

Trump wrote that ending the investigation was "the honorable thing to do in that I did nothing wrong, but where and when do I get my reputation back? When will the other fake cases against me be dropped?"

Rocah said she wanted to prove there were still "independent prosecutors" left in the country.

"It’s really important, more important than ever in our country, to make sure that people understand that we have independent prosecutors, we have a justice system that operates independent of politics," Rocah added.

"I can stand here and proudly say that I’m one of those prosecutors, and I look at every subject of any investigation, every organization that’s a subject of an investigation, the same way," Rocah added.