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NY AG Will Compel Donald, Ivanka, and Donald Trump Jr to Testify After They Seek to Quash Civil Subpoena

NY AG Will Compel Donald, Ivanka, and Donald Trump Jr to Testify After They Seek to Quash Civil Subpoena

Now that they’ve refused to comply with the subpoenas sent from her office, New York Attorney General Letitia James is upping the ante on her civil lawsuit and will compel Donald Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, to testify in connection with the fraud investigation into the Trump Organization.

The AG’s initial probe into the Trump Org began with reports from Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, who obtained financial documents that revealed Trump lied about the number of floors in one of his buildings and the acres of the Trump Winery, which raised questions about whether Trump was keeping two sets of financial books to be used for different purposes. Trump has often been accused of inflating his property values at sale time but devaluing them at tax time.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 26: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (C) and his family (L-R) son Donald Trump Jr, son Eric Trummp, wife Melania Trump and daughters Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump cut the ribbon at the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Eric Trump, who leads the Trump Organization alongside Donald Trump Jr., has already been interviewed as part of the probe. Eric Trump’s testimony came in October 2020 after his lawyers at first attempted to defy James’ subpoenas, stalling the probe for months. The attorney general took the matter to court, with a judge eventually ordering Eric Trump to sit for the interview. Although James has promised to use the same tactics if Trump and his other subpoenaed children refuse to comply, it is unclear when they would testify should her efforts be successful.

But AG James tweeted that if Trump’s adult children intend to defy subpoenas in the case that she will move forward, and she characterized it as nothing more than a delay tactic. Ultimately, however, they will be forced to testify, and the AG indicated the Trump family shouldn’t expect their famous name to protect them any longer.

James is so determined to see this investigation to its completion, she dropped out of the race for New York State Governor to focus all of her energies on holding the Trump family accountable.

In a separate statement, James, who is a Democrat, said that the Trumps had “continually sought to delay and impede our investigation.” James said she would be pursuing legal action to make sure that they “play by the same rules as everyone else.”


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