New York, US, Jan 3 (EFE).- New York Attorney General Letitia James has summoned two adult children of former US President Donald Trump for questioning as part of investigations into his alleged fraudulent business practices.
The summon disclosed in a court document Monday was served on Dec.1.
The Trump Organization has now sought to block the Attorney General’s office from questioning the ex-president and his children.
“For more than two years, members of the Trump family and the Trump Organization have continually sought to delay and impede our investigation into Donald Trump and the Trump Organization,” James said in a statement.
The Attorney General said the Trumps were playing delaying tactics that “will not stop us from following the facts or the law.”
“We will be asking the court to compel Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump to testify with our office under oath. Our investigation will continue undeterred.”
It became public last month that the Attorney General had sought to question the former president under oath.
However, it was not known, as of now, that the Attorney General’s office, conducting a civil investigation into the activities of the Trumps’ real estate business, wanted to question Ivanka and Donald Jr.
Trump’s third son, Eric, was questioned in October 2020, shortly before his father lost the presidential elections.
Eric, Donald Jr, and Ivanka were closely involved in running the Trump Organization.
When Trump was named president of the United States in January 2017, he delegated control of his business to Donald Jr., Eric, and the chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.
The civil investigation focuses on finding if the Trumps fraudulently inflated the value of the company assets for bank loans and understated them to reduce tax bills.
The investigation being civil would not lead to criminal charges against the Trumps. EFE