NEW YORK – Eric Trump is expected to testify in a New York investigation into the family’s businesses before the presidential election scheduled for November, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting attorneys’ allegations that the “tight travel schedule Trump’s election campaign justified a postponement.
State Judge Arthur Engoron said President Donald Trump’s son must comply with a subpoena for testimony no later than October 7, adding that the investigation and the court are not “subject to national election deadlines.”
Prosecutor Letitia James went to court to enforce the subpoena after Eric Trump’s lawyers abruptly canceled an interrogation with investigators scheduled in July as part of an inquiry into whether the family’s company, the Trump Organization, lied. on the value of your assets to obtain loans and tax benefits.RELATED
Eric Trump, the company’s executive vice president of development and acquis itions, received the subpoena for the first time in May. James, a Democrat, said after the ruling that “justice and the rule of law prevailed today.”
“To be clear, no entity or individual is allowed to dictate how or when our investigation will proceed or to set the parameters of a legal investigation,” said James. “Today’s court order makes it clear that no one is above the law, not even an organization or individual by the name of Trump.”
In a document delivered to the court last week, his lawyers said he was willing to comply with the subpoena, but only after the November 3 election. In addition to the problems in his calendar to schedule the appearance for events related to his father’s reelection campaign, the lawyers indicated that they wanted to “avoid the use of his attendance at the appearance for political purposes.”
During Wednesday’s hearing, the attorney for the president’s son, Alan Futerfas, said they were “delighted that he sat down and testified,” but needed more time to go through thousands of pages of documents that James’ office had with him. presented as part of the civil investigation.
“As everyone knows, there is an election that will take place in four weeks in this country, maybe five weeks,” Futerfas alleged. “Eric Trump is a fundamental part of that, and he travels almost seven days a week.”
Futerfas could not be reached after the ruling for his opinion.