The New York Attorney General expanded the investigation of Donald Trump’s business empire. In addition to the former real estate developer himself, he also issued subpoenas to the two eldest sons of the former president.
According to court documents submitted to the New York Supreme Court on Monday, Letitia James issued subpoenas to Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. last month. A spokesperson for her office said that investigators are “seeking a sworn interview with all three family members.”
Court documents stated that the issuance of the subpoena was “related to an investigation into the valuation of properties owned or controlled by Donald J. Trump or the Trump Organization”.James’ investigation is believed to focus on whether Donald Trump Exaggerated the value of his property For certain purposes — such as obtaining bank loans or insurance — while minimizing them when paying taxes.
New documents dated December 30 indicate that as part of the investigation, lawyers for the former president and his adult children are trying to prevent James’ staff from interviewing them.
“Despite the Trump Organization’s repeated attempts to postpone our investigation, we believe that our questions will be answered and the truth will be revealed because no one can be above the law,” a spokesperson for the attorney general said.
The subpoena was issued after James in September transmit signal Her office has conducted a three-year investigation into Donald Trump’s business dealings and may bring forward more charges.
“I can assure you that this investigation is still valid. So please stay tuned,” she said at the time.
The subpoena request was made at the delicate time of the investigation. At the same time as the resignation of the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, he and James jointly announced a copy in July. 15 criminal indictments Oppose the Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer Alan Weisselberg.
Vance, who did not seek re-election in November, was replaced by senior prosecutor Alvin Bragg, who was sworn in on New Year’s Day.
Legal experts said that the case against Wesselberg appeared to pressure him to testify against Trump in Manhattan and New York State investigations. Weisselberg has pleaded not guilty. Donald Trump has regarded this case as a “political witch hunt” orchestrated by Democratic critics.
Spokespersons for the Trump Organization, the former president, and lawyers representing his children did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Additional reporting by James Politi