Former President Donald Trump and two of his adult children must answer questions under oath in the New York attorney general’s civil investigation of their business practices, a New York judge ruled.
New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron rejected Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump’s motion to quash the subpoenas from Attorney General Letitia James’ office and ordered them to sit in depositions within 21 days.
“In the final analysis, a state attorney general commences investigating a business entity, uncovers copious evidence of possible financial fraud, and wants to question, under oath, several of the entities’ principals, including its namesake. She has the clear right to do so,” Engoron wrote in his eight-page ruling.
Trump must also turn over certain documents within 14 days, according to the ruling.
Trumps’ lawyers indicated they would appeal.
Engoron issued the ruling on the same day he held a two-hour video hearing over the matter.
Engoron expressed skepticism in several instances throughout the hearing toward the Trumps’ arguments that appearing for a deposition in the civil investigation would undermine their constitutional rights.
James’ office is investigating whether Trump and his organization misled lenders, insurers, or others in their financial statements.
“Today, justice prevailed,” James said in a statement.
“No one will be permitted to stand in the way of the pursuit of justice, no matter how powerful they are. No one is above the law,” James said.
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