Trump, Don Jr. and Ivanka scheduled for July depositions in N.Y. fraud probe
The New York Attorney General’s long-sought interviews with Donald Trump and two of his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, are scheduled for July 15.
The three attorneys and New York Attorney Letitia James stated in a court filing Wednesday, that they had agreed to the date of sworn depositions in James’ wide-ranging civil fraud investigation. The agreement states that the depositions will be completed by the end of the week. They noted that the Trumps have until June 13 to appeal the court order that mandated the depositions.
On May 26, New York’s Appellate Division, First Judicial Department found that a lower court judge correctly ruled that the Trumps’ fear that their depositions might end up being used in a parallel criminal investigation did not shield them from subpoenas.
“The existence of criminal investigation does not prevent civil discovery of related facts at which a party can exercise the privilege against self incrimination,” the appellate panel wrote.
An attorney for Donald Trump said that they would “probably” appeal the decision at New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
“Of course, I disagree with their decision,” Fischetti stated.
The Trumps challenged subpoenas that were sent in December asking for “testimony” and documents in connection to an investigation into the value of properties owned or controlled Donald J. Trump, the Trump Organization or any other matter the Attorney General considers relevant. Trump’s attorneys and Trump have repeatedly accused James that he pursued the investigation against him in political ploy.
But the appellate panel wrote that James’ office began its investigation appropriately after March 2019 congressional testimony by former Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen raised questions about potentially “fraudulent financial statements. “
The Attorney General’s Office) began their investigation after a public testimony by a senior corporate insider. They also reviewed substantial volumes of evidence before issuing subpoenas,” they wrote.
The attorneys for James’ office indicated during multiple hearings over the last month that the investigation was nearing its end and that it could lead to an “enforcement order in the near future.” They have not provided any details about what enforcement might look like.
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