The fate of a ‘McMafia’ investigation into Trump’s Scottish golf course rests on the decision of a judge that could come at any time Getty Campaigners want Scotland a probe into how Donald Trump paid for a luxury golf resort in Scotland.
Scotland says it doesn’t have the power to start such an investigation – campaigners disagree.
A judge this week held a hearing to determine which party is right.
A judge deciding the fate of a potential investigation into how Donald Trump came to purchase a luxury golf course in Scotland using $60 million in cash under circumstances that campaigners have described as suspicious .
The campaign group Avaaz has asked Scottish authorities to investigate Trump’s $60 million purchase of Turnberry using a so-called "unexplained wealth order," (UWO) saying there was a "towering cloud of suspicion" over the transaction.
When the government demurred, Avaaz launched a legal case that was heard this week at the Court of Session in Edinburgh by Craig Sandison, a senior Scottish judge .
In the case, Avaaz argued that the government has the authority to launch the investigation, and government lawyers argued that it did not. There is no specific deadline for Sandison’s decision.
UWOs allow UK authorities to investigate any foreign figures who they believe may have laundered money through the UK.
Avaaz believes that Trump’s purchase of Turnberry in 2014 is suspicious because he had much of spent his career funding his expansive property with the use of huge loans, before paying $60 million in cash for Turnberry .
James Dodson, a golf journalist, previously said that Eric Trump, a director of Turnberry, told him in 2014 that the Trump Organization had " all the funding we need out of Russia ," a claim Eric has dismissed as " completely fabricated ."
Scotland’s government has rejected calls for an investigation , insisting it does not have the power to initiate such probes in the first place, prompting the suit by Avaaz.
A representative for Avaaz told Insider that ruling’s like Sandison’s typically take three months to arrive. Although there is no time limit, the group hopes for a resolution by Christmas.