Trump is due to be questioned under oath by New York AG next month

Donald J. Trump and two of his adult children agreed to be questioned under oath in mid-July by attorneys from the New York state attorney general’s office, unless the state’s highest court intervenes.

The agreement, which was filed Wednesday in the New York State Supreme Court, states that Mr. Trump, Donald Trump Jr. Ivanka Trump has agreed to appear before the testimony, which will begin on Friday, July 15 and end the following week.

The questioning comes as the state’s attorney general, Leticia James, is wrapping up the final stage of her investigation into Mr. Trump and the business practices of his company, The Trump Organization. The agreement comes after a number of legal setbacks for the former president, whose lawyers battled the attorney general for months, hoping to avoid questioning.

Wednesday’s agreement was presented two weeks after a government appeals court decided to allow the questioning. The court rejected the arguments of Mr. trump lawyers that mrs. James’ civil investigation was politically motivated, and she should be prevented from questioning the master. Trump is under oath while also under criminal investigation for some of the same business practices.

Alina Habba is a lawyer for Mr. Soon after that ruling, Trump said she would appeal the matter to the appeals court. It is unclear whether the court will agree to hear the case, but if it does, the three Trump family members may still have hope of avoiding interviews.

another from mr. Trump’s adult children, Eric Trump, were questioned under oath in October 2020, and invoked his right not to incriminate himself in response to more than 500 questions. while mr. Trump and the two kids could refuse to answer questions for the same reason, doing so could hurt them in Ms. James inquiry. In a criminal case, jurors can infer nothing from the accused’s refusal to testify, but this does not apply in civil cases.

Ms. James’ investigation began in March 2019 and focused on whether Mr. Trump has systematically misvalued his assets to gain a financial advantage with lenders and tax authorities. Because the investigation is civilized, Ms. James cannot file criminal charges, but he can file a lawsuit. A lawyer from her office indicated in April that such a filing may occur in the near future.

Lawyers from A. James’ office is also involved in a criminal investigation led by Manhattan Attorney General Alvin L. Bragg. This investigation was heading towards an indictment before mr. Bragg and some of his top aides have raised concerns about the strength of the case.

In a civil investigation, a. Trump was held in contempt of court in April by state court judge Arthur Engoron and ordered to pay $10,000 a day until his attorneys submitted a number of documents requested by the attorney general. The following month, Judge Engoron raised the contempt fine, but set conditions and said he would return that penalty if Mr. Trump did not comply.

After a session, the lawyer of Mr. Trump and Mrs. James on Wednesday, the judge said he would leave the order in place – with no fine attached – and gave Mr. The deadline for Trump’s lawyers is next Friday to provide information about the document retention policies of the Trump Organization.

In a recent live appearance on the “Pod Save America” ​​podcast, Ms. James said that mr. Trump “was caught” using “funny numbers in his financial documents.” She also said she would “allow him to exhaust his appeal.”

the master. Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and referred Ms. The investigation of James as a witch hunter and the prosecutor as a radical left “racist”.

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