Trump’s children subpoenaed in New York fraud investigation
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued subpoenas to Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., as part of a ongoing fraud investigation examining the operations of former President Donald Trump’s namesake real estate business.
The action was disclosed in court documents filed Monday as part of the civil inquiry into whether the Trump organization has claimed false property appraisals in its dealings with lenders and tax authorities.
The move comes as the attorney general is also seeking testimony from the former president. “
On Monday evening, attorneys for the Trump family sought to quash the subpoenas, calling the requests for testimony politicians.
“The story of the Attorney General’s long-standing targeting and threats to prosecute former President Trump and his business connections has, at this point, been well-told,” the court document said.
The attorney general backed down, saying Trump had repeatedly sought to derail the investigation.
“For more than two years, members of the Trump family and the Trump Organization have continuously sought to delay and obstruct our investigation of Donald Trump and the Trump Organization,” James said in a statement. “But despite their names, they have to play by the same rules as everyone else. These delaying tactics will not prevent us from following the facts or the law, which is why we will be asking the court to compel Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump to testify under oath before our office. Our investigation will continue without being discouraged. “
The civil investigation ran alongside a criminal investigation by both James and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
So far, the joint investigation has resulted in charges of tax evasion against Allen Weisselberg, longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization.
Last year, state prosecutors alleged that the Trump Organization and Weisselberg were involved in an “official” compensation operation that funded luxury car rentals, family members’ tuition fees and the rent for apartments from 2005 and up to this year.
James first launched his investigation after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen told federal lawmakers in 2019 that Donald Trump regularly inflated his property values and net worth to get better insurance rates and loan.
In May, the attorney general announced that his office was partnering with the Manhattan district attorney.