Scottish lawmakers decide to call for an investigation into Donald Trump’s finances

Edinburgh, Feb 3 (AFP/APP): Scottish lawmakers on Wednesday decide whether to call for an investigation into former US president Donald Trump’s finances over concerns about how he acquired two golf courses in the country.

Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) will vote on a motion calling for a probe into the Trump Organization’s two Scottish golf courses using an “unexplained wealth order.” The legal instrument require individuals to explain the source of wealth used to acquire property and other assets in the UK. Members of the Scottish Green Party who initiated the vote have said there are questions to be answered about how the Trump Organization’s holdings in Scotland were acquired.

“There are serious concerns about how he financed the cash purchases of his Scottish golf courses,” Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie told The Scotsman newspaper. “The government must seek an unexplained wealth order to shine a light on Trump’s shadowy dealings,” he added.

The prospect of the vote has sparked a spat between Harvie and Trump’s son Eric, a trustee and executive vice-president of the Trump Organisation. “At a critical time when politicians should be focused on saving lives and reopening businesses in Scotland, they are focused on advancing their personal agendas,” he said.

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