the New York State Attorney General‘s Office subpoenaed former president Donald trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., for their sworn testimony in a civilian inquiry into the Trump organizationthe business practices of – although the Trumps refused to comply.
Attorney General Letitia james investigated the eponymous company since march 2019 in an attempt to find out whether or not the former real estate mogul submitted false property values to potential lenders. James is now seeking testimony from Trump’s two children, who both were executives in the Trump organization, the Associated Press reported.
The two youngest Trumps have filed petitions for stop subpoenas Monday evening, according to the New York attorney general’s office. At the end of December, Donald Trump filed a complaint against James to stop its investigation, saying it was politically motivated.
“As his investigation into the financial transactions of the Trump Organization continues, Attorney General James seeks sworn interviews with Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump,” a spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office said in a statement. “Despite numerous attempts to delay our investigation by the Trump Organization, we are confident that our questions will be answered and the truth will be uncovered because no one is above the law.”
James said at the time that Trump would not dictate the course of his investigation. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Commercial Observer.
James’ investigation is similar to a separate criminal investigation by the former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, although he did not indict Trump. Earlier this year, Vance indicted the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, for allegedly evading taxes to get $ 1.8 million in perks, like an expensive apartment on the Upper West Side, tuition at a private school for loved ones, and rented accommodation Mercedes-Benz.
A lawyer for Donald Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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