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First on Fox – Former President Donald Trump is expected to testify in the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into the Trump family’s business practices, Fox News said.
Trump will sit with attorneys from Letitia James’ office at an undisclosed location agreed to by the parties and behind closed doors. It is unclear at this time if the former president will be willing to answer all of the questions asked by lawyers or if he will be able to assert his Fifth Amendment rights.
Furthermore, the specific content of these questions is unknown.
Donald Trump is the last member of the family to be deposed. Ivanka Trump and Don Jr. were deposed earlier this month. All three depositions were expected to take place last month, but Trump’s lawyers had asked for a delay in light of the July 14 death of Ivana Trump, Trump’s first wife and the mother of his 3 oldest children. the next day
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It’s another delay after months of fighting in the courts to block and avoid the AG’s office’s efforts to prosecute him.
Trump currently spends his summer days between his Bedminster golf estate and Trump Tower. Trump returned to New York City on Tuesday night.
A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The AG’s office neither confirmed nor denied the information and declined to comment.
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James’ office is conducting a civil investigation into the Trump Organization to find out whether Trump and his company improperly inflated the value of assets on financial statements in order to receive loans and tax benefits.
Trump’s estate in Westchester, New York, including properties such as Seven Springs, 40 Wall Street, and his residence in Trump Tower in New York City, where the NY AG believes the financial transactions may have been potentially fraudulent.
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Last April, NY AG attorney Kevin Wallace told the court that “some type of enforcement action needs to be brought in the near future.”
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called the investigation a “witch hunt.”
At the same time, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings. So far, tax evasion charges have been brought against the company and its longtime CFO Allen Weiselberg, who is fighting the charges in an upcoming trial.