Donald Trump, Donald Jr. Ivanka Trump must testify in New York fraud investigation, appeals court rules

An appeals court on Thursday rejected the bid of Donald Trump and his two sons, Donald Trump Jr. And Ivanka Trump to Avoid deposit As part of a civil fraud investigation conducted by the New York Attorney General’s Office.

The New York Circuit Court of Appeals, 1st Judicial Circuit, found that lower court judge Arthur Engoron correctly ruled that Trump’s fear that their deposits would be used in a parallel criminal investigation did not protect them from subpoenas.

“The existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude the civil discovery of relevant facts, in which one of the parties may exercise the privilege of non-self-incrimination,” the Appeals Committee wrote.

Ron Fichte, Donald Trump’s attorney, said they “most likely” would appeal the decision to New York’s highest court, which is called the Court of Appeals.

“Of course I don’t agree with their judgment,” Fichte said.

Trump was contesting subpoenas sent in December for “testimonies and documents in connection with an investigation into the valuation of real estate owned or controlled by Donald J. Trump or the Trump Organization, or any matter the attorney general deems relevant.”

New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, praised the ruling in a statement sent to the media.

“Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our legal investigations into his financial dealings,” James said.

Trump and his lawyers have repeatedly accused James of pursuing the investigation against him as a political ploy. This accusation is at the core of a The lawsuit filed by Trump On December 21, in a phone call to CBS News that day, he called himself “the wronged and innocent party” and called James’ investigation a “hoax.”

But the Appeals Committee wrote Thursday that James’ office appropriately launched its investigation after former Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen in March 2019 raised questions about possible “fraudulent financial statements.”

“(The Attorney General’s Office) began its investigation after public testimony by a senior company insider and reviewed large amounts of evidence before issuing subpoenas,” the judges wrote.

On February 9, the Trump Organization’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA cited what the attorney general’s investigation revealed into a letter that told the Trump Organization that it would not work for the company and that contract of financial statements Mazars produced for her “Not to Be Relied on Anymore”.

Lawyers for James’ office have indicated during multiple hearings last month that the investigation is nearing its conclusion, and that it may lead to “executive action in the near future.” They did not explain what the enforcement might be.

A lawyer from James’s office said during the May 13 hearing regarding Trump’s lawsuits.

Two attorneys from James’s office are still tasked with a separate criminal investigation for the Manhattan Attorney General’s office into Trump and his company, whose grand jury recently expired.

This investigation in July 2021 led to criminal fraud and tax evasion Charges brought against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg. In January, they filed petitions to dismiss the criminal case. And in a response published Monday, the attorney general urged a New York judge to move forward with the case.

The Manhattan criminal investigation has been in apparent turmoil since the resignations of two senior attorneys general, Carrie Dunn and Mark Pomerantz, who resigned less than two months after Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg took office. Bragg is succeeded by Cyrus Vance Jr, who began the investigation in August 2018.

in Pomerantz resignation letterpublished in the New York Times, wrote that Vance “concluded that the facts warranted prosecution” of Trump, but that Prague “reached the decision … not to pursue criminal charges at this time.”

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