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Trump Challenges Judge In Last-Ditch Effort to Duck NY AG’s Deposition

Trump Challenges Judge In Last-Ditch Effort to Duck NY AG’s Deposition

Donald Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., continued their fight to overturn a decision requiring them to answer questions under oath as part of the investigation brought against them by the New York Attorney General, Letitia James.

Lawyers for the Trumps want the appellate division of the state’s trial court to overturn Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron’s initial ruling ordering them to appear and invalidate James’s subpoenas seeking their testimony regarding the Trump family’s business practices in connection with the Trump Organization. The Trumps and the New York Attorney General’s office have agreed to pause enforcement of the subpoenas during the appeals process. Court papers indicate the appellate court will probably hear arguments in May or June.

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In new papers filed in a state appeals court on Monday, Trump’s lawyers claim Judge Engoron “abused his discretion” in issuing the decision against the Trumps, saying the judge “failed to properly weigh constitutional and ethical concerns” that they had raised about the Attorney General’s investigation. Eric Trump has already sat for his deposition in the investigation, where he invoked the Fifth Amendment over 500 times.

Trump’s lawyers argued that Engoron denied their requests for hearings exploring the nature of coordination between James’s office and the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which is running the criminal investigation, and whether James was engaging in selective prosecution.

Attorney General James issued a statement in response to the Trumps’ court filing on Monday. “Donald J Trump, Donald Trump, Jr, and Ivanka Trump were ordered by a judge to comply with our investigation into Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings,” James said in the statement, which she also shared on Twitter. “Despite continuous efforts to impede this investigation, no one can stop our pursuit of justice, no matter how powerful they are. We will continue to follow the facts without fear or favor.”

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