Trump to face sworn deposition in New York trial as legal troubles mount | donald trump
The New York Attorney General’s office is expected to begin questioning Donald Trump and two of his children over allegations of financial fraud today after the former president failed in his legal attempt to block what he called a ” politically motivated witch hunts.
Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Jr, were summoned to give sworn depositions after state Attorney General Letitia James said a three-year civil investigation had uncovered evidence that the he Trump organization routinely inflated the value of properties, including office buildings, apartment buildings and golf courses, in order to obtain loans at favorable rates and obtain tax advantages.
The AG’s office alleges that former President Trump Tower’s apartment building was recorded as being three times larger than it actually was in connection with the fraud.
The process of taking depositions in Manhattan State Supreme Court is expected to continue next week. It’s not immediately clear what day the former president will be questioned, but Trump’s lawyer said he will invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions.
The case adds to a series of legal issues for Trump, including the possibility of criminal charges for tax evasion. The Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, are set to stand trial later this year on tax evasion charges following a parallel investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Additionally, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol storming said there is enough evidence to conclude that the former president and some of his allies committed crimes in his attempts to cancel the 2020 presidential election.
Prosecutors in Atlanta, Georgia, have convened a grand jury to determine whether Trump broke state law by trying to stop election officials from declaring Joe Biden won the state. Earlier this month, the grand jury subpoenaed US Senator Lindsey Graham and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani in connection with the criminal investigation.
The Trump Organization also faces trial later this month for an assault by its security guards on protesters over the then-presidential candidate’s racist attack on Mexicans in 2015. Trump has denied ordering aggression.
Trump lost a series of court cases that tried to overturn the New York civil investigation as politically motivated and then avoid testifying.
A lawyer from the attorney general’s office told a judge there was enough evidence to support a lawsuit against the former president and his company, but no decision had been made on the prosecution. If James pursues the case and wins, she could seek a winding up order from the Trump Organization.
Trump and his three children have also been summoned to give depositions next month in a class action lawsuit brought by people who say they were tricked into investing in companies Trump was paid to endorse his program, Celebrity Apprentice. . “The Trumps defrauded each of these victims into giving up hundreds or thousands of dollars — losses that many experienced as devastating and heartbreaking,” the lawsuit alleges.