Scottish Parliament Rejects Trump Org Financial Probe

The BBC reports:

Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted to reject calls for Donald Trump’s business interests in Scotland to be investigated. The Scottish Greens had wanted the Trump Organisation’s golf courses probed via an unexplained wealth order.

It requires individuals to explain the source of wealth used to acquire property and other assets in the UK. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said it would be an abuse of power for MSPs to tell prosecutors what to investigate.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said there were “serious concerns” about how Donald Trump financed the cash purchases of his Scottish golf courses. He later criticised SNP and Conservatives MSPs for blocking his bid.

Politico Europe reports:

Eric Trump, an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, hit back, singling out Harvie. “Patrick Harvie is nothing more than a national embarrassment with his pathetic antics that only serve himself and his political agenda,” he said.

“If Harvie and the rest of the Scottish government continue to treat overseas investors like this, it will deter future investors from conducting business in Scotland, ultimately crushing their economy, tourism and hospitality industries,” he added.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has previously said that any investigation is the responsibility of Police Scotland and the Crown Office. More recently, in January Sturgeon said it was a matter for Scotland’s Lord Advocate.