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New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking to question former President Donald Trump under oath in early January, a source familiar with the investigation told NPR. The request is a milestone in a long-standing fraud investigation into the Trump family’s business practices.
As of 2019, the attorney general’s office has investigated whether Trump’s businesses routinely lie about the value of their properties, whether they’re looking to cut taxes or take loans.
Trump’s attorney Ron Fischetti did not respond to requests for comment. The attorney general’s office declined to comment. Trump and his company have denied the wrongdoing, calling the investigation a “witch hunt.”
The extent of the investigation first emerged in the fall of 2020, when James’ office took court action to coerce Eric Trump, a Trump organization executive, after initially refusing to run for his job. deposition. The former president’s son eventually testified, after a judge ordered him to do so.
Investigators returned to the judge last summer, when the Trump Organization was once again forced to comply with investigators over a request for production of internal documents on appraisals, appraisals and procurement records.
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Now prosecutors are looking to speak to the man at the top of the company, usually the last step in any forensic investigation.
A little after The Washington Post First reported the news Thursday, James tweeted that she was ending her campaign for New York governor in 2022.
His investigation is separate from a separate criminal case that led to charges earlier this summer against two business entities of Trump and Allen Weisselberg, the Trump organization’s chief financial officer, for an alleged 15-year scheme to defraud the tax authorities by lying about compensation. Weisselberg and the Trump entities have pleaded not guilty.
James’ office has partnered with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in the criminal case, where a new grand jury was recently appointed and is considering whether new charges should be laid.
Donald Trump has been questioned under oath in legal action another time since leaving the White House in a case over whether his security guards falsely assaulted protesters outside from the Trump Tower in the summer of 2015. Trump has denied any wrongdoing. The case is due to be tried in May.