Former President Donald Trump’s plea to avoid a deposition in the state attorney general’s investigation into his business operations was dismissed by a New York appeals court on Thursday.
Trump and his two eldest children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, made an effort. A panel of judges in the state Appellate Division unanimously refused to issue subpoenas for their testimony from Attorney General Letitia James’ office. They’ve all worked as senior executives for the company.
Lawyers representing Trump claimed that the subpoenas should be dismissed because James’ inquiry is politically driven and intended to ignite a fire for the Manhattan district lawyer’s office’s active investigation into the firm. The Appellate Division is the state’s second-highest court. The Trumps may file an appeal with the Court of Appeals, but they would require special authorization.
Letitia James’ standpoint
James’ agency is considering filing a civil complaint against the Trump Organization for allegedly falsifying financial accounts.
Her agency said in court documents that it had discovered strong evidence showing several misrepresentations in Mr Trump’s accounting records to banks, insurers, and the Internal Revenue Service. The corporation has denied the allegations.
James’ team wants to investigate Trump about some of those assertions, which she claims were exaggerated by hundreds of millions of dollars and approved by Trump. Investigators intend to question Ivanka Trump as well as Trump Jr., the company’s current executive vice president, about the company’s financial operations.
Letitia James said in a statement, “Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our lawful investigation into his financial dealings, we will continue to follow the facts of this case and ensure that no one can evade the law.”
A request for comment from Trump’s counsel was not immediately returned. Trump was held in contempt of court last week after failing to reply to another demand from the attorney general’s office. He was fined $110,000. Alina Habba, Trump’s lawyer, claimed that the contempt decision should be overturned since Trump conducted a thorough search and was unable to locate any of the papers and information James sought. In court documents this week, James’ office stated that it is still waiting for data from Trump’s longtime executive assistant.
About Letitia James
Letitia Ann “Tish” James is a lawyer, activist, and politician from the United States. She is the current Attorney General of New York and a member of the Democratic Party. She was elected in 2018 to succeed appointed State Attorney Barbara Underwood. She is both the first African-American and the first woman to hold the role.
James ran for governor of New York in the 2022 election. She launched her candidacy on October 29, 2021, and stopped it on December 9, 2021. It was instead to seek re-election as attorney general.
On January 1, 2019, James was sworn in as Attorney General, following Barbara Underwood, who was appointed after Eric Schneiderman resigned.
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