Letitia James, the Attorney General of New York, subpoenaed testimony from two adult children of former United States President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr., who served as executives at his company, as part of a civil investigation of James into the Trump Organization and its corporate practices.
In a court filing, James’ office said that it recently issued summons looking for testimony and business documents from the Trump family as part of around one year-long civil probe involving matters such as the evaluation of properties owned or managed by the former president company.
The New York attorney general’s office stated that it had subpoenaed former Republican President Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Trump Jr., asking for their testimony in an investigation into the business practices of the family. pic.twitter.com/CY8Itc6J5m
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Yesterday’s filing was made public as James approached the court in an effort to apply the subpoena; it was the first time that agents publicly revealed that they are also looking for info from Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, both trusted allies of their father Trump who have been executives in Trump Organization.
According to the last month’s reports, James’ office asked former president Trump to sit for a testimony. Trump family lawyers filed court documents Monday evening seeking to stop the subpoenas, calling them an exceptional and illegal move and blaming James for trying to obtain testimony that could then use against Trumps in a parallel unlawful investigation. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg oversaw the probe.
Trump Sued James in Federal Court
In December, the former U.S. President Donald Trump sued James in federal court, intending to put an end to her investigation. In the lawsuit, he claimed that the attorney general violated the constitutional rights of Republicans in a barely veiled effort to harm Trump and his associates publicly. Previously, Trump also criticized the investigation of James as part of a witch hunt and a parallel unlawful probe.
Though the civil investigation of James is different from the criminal investigation, her office involved in both, destroying many lawyers to work along with prosecutors from the Manhattan office. Last year, then-District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. got into the longtime tax records of real estate mogul after a multi-year conflict that twice went to the United States Supreme Court. In July, he brought tax fraud charges against the former president Trump Organization and its longtime Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg.
TRUMP ORGANIZATION INDICTED: The Manhattan District Attorney will bring criminal charges today against the Trump Organization and its Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg. They are expected to face tax fraud charges. ABC’s Andrew Dymburt reports. pic.twitter.com/TyKQMEvqZw
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The New York Attorney General’s office issued subpoenas to local administrations as part of the civil investigation for records referring to the estate Seven Springs, and Trump received a tax benefit for placing land into a management trust. Later, Vance issued subpoenas seeking several of the same records.