Donald Trump, Don Jr, Ivanka to testify in NY AG investigation starting July 15: All you need to know
- Trump and two of his adult children will begin testifying on July 15
- It will be a part of the New York attorney general's civil inquiry into the Trump family business
- Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump's commitment to testify is conditional
According to a court document, former President Donald Trump and two of his adult children will begin testifying on July 15 as part of the New York attorney general's civil inquiry into the Trump family business.
Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump's commitment to testify is conditional.
If a New York state appeals court grants a stay of a judge's order requiring the Trumps to answer questions on oath by prosecutors for Attorney General Letitia James, the testimony would not begin on that date.
Lawyers representing the family and the corporation have tried, but failed, to stop a subpoena for James' testimony, as well as other requests for information from the company.
An agreement filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday allows the Trumps until Monday to request a stay of the order for the evidence from the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals.
Unless there is no stay, each of the Trumps will be questioned separately beginning July 15 and ending the following week. This testimony will not be given in public.
James is looking into the Trump Organization for possible criminal manipulation of the declared valuations of the company's numerous real estate properties. The attorney general is specifically investigating whether the corporation used various asset appraisals to gain better loan and insurance terms, as well as tax breaks.
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Ivanka Trump is a former top executive at the Trump Organization and worked as a senior White House counsellor during her father's presidency.
For months, the Trumps have fought to avoid having to appear in the investigation, which the ex-president has frequently labelled a witch hunt.
After a stormy hearing on February 1st, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and his children must cooperate with James' subpoenas requiring their testimony.
In a written order, Engoron stated that James' inquiry had turned up "copious evidence of possible financial fraud" within the Trump Organization.
"She has the clear right" to interrogate the company's principals, he added.
In late February, lawyers representing the family and the corporation filed an appeal against Engoron's order.
The Appellate Division of the First Judicial Department of Manhattan Supreme Court dismissed the appeal unanimously on May 26.