NEW YORK –
New York State Attorney General Letitia James recently issued subpoenas for former President Donald Trump and his two older sons to demand their testimonies in connection with an ongoing civil investigation into the family’s business practices, according to a court petition. released Monday.
The subpoenas for Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and his daughter Ivanka Trump stem from an inquiry “into the valuation of properties owned or controlled” by Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, the document read.RELATED
Messages seeking comment were left with attorneys for the Trumps and James’ prosecution.
The state attorney’s attempt to obtain the former president’s testimony was reported in December, but Monday’s court documents are the first public revelation that investigators are also seeking information on Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
The Trumps are expected to present their own documents to the court to try to prevent the subpoenas, which will create a legal dispute similar to the one that broke out last year after James’ prosecution issued subpoenas for another Trump son.
Trump sued James last month seeking to end the investigation after the prosecutor requested that the former president appear in court on January 7. Trump’s lawsuit, filed in federal court, contends that the inquiry into matters including the appraisal of his company’s assets has violated his constitutional rights in a “slightly disguised effort to publicly defame Trump and his associates.”
The court petition released Monday is the first public acknowledgment by the state attorney that she had previously issued subpoenas seeking Trump’s testimony.
James, a Democrat, has investigated for more than two years whether the Trump Organization misled banks or tax officials about the value of assets, exaggerating them in order to get favorable loan terms or downplaying them to save taxes.
In a statement, James noted in December that “the Trump Organization has continually tried to delay our investigation of its corporate businesses, and now Donald Trump and his company of the same name have filed a lawsuit as an attempted collateral attack on that investigation.”
“To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization can order whether or where they will answer for their actions. Our investigation will not be intimidated because no one is above the law, not even someone with the last name Trump, “James said last month.