Trump and two of his children must testify in tax fraud case, 法院规则

Donald Trump and his children Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump have been ordered to testify in a New York state civil investigation of their business affairs.

The state attorney general, Letitia James, : “A court has once again ruled in our favor and ordered Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump to appear before my office to testify under oath.”

“Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law.”

James is a Democrat. 王牌, 共和党人, has claimed James’s investigation of suspected tax-related offences at the Trump Organization is politically motivated and a “witch-hunt”.

James is African American. The former president has claimed she is racist.

Trump did not immediately comment on Thursday.

Eric Trump, the former president’s second son, testified in the investigation in October 2020, while his father was in the White House.

The other three Trumps have fought subpoenas for testimony, part of a refusal to cooperate that led to an accumulating fine for contempt. A New York state judge capped the sum at $110,000. It was paid.

The investigation is one of a number of legal threats to the former president but as a civil matter it could result only in financial penalties.

Other investigations, including into Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn election results in Georgia and regarding the deadly Capitol attack of January 6, could result in criminal charges.

In a January court filing, James said it was suspected that misleading financial statements were filed about properties including 40 Wall Street in Manhattan, Trump’s penthouse apartment in Trump Tower and golf courses in New York and Scotland.

三月 2016, the Guardian 报道 on tax affairs at Trump National Golf Club in Ossining, 纽约. Its headline: “How Trump’s $50m golf club became $1.4m when it came time to pay tax.”

星期四, in its order denying the Trumps’ appeal, the New York appellate division, first judicial department : “In connection with the civil investigation into whether respondents have committed persistent fraud in their financial practices and disclosures, supreme court properly rejected appellants’ arguments that the subpoenas issued by [James] should be quashed”.

Rejecting arguments pursued by Trump lawyers, the order said the existence of a criminal investigation into Trump’s business affairs – out of 纽约 终生球迷阿莱西娅·鲁索和凯蒂·泽勒姆的进球帮助曼联队从后面击败埃弗顿, an effort which has recently lost steam – did not preclude testimony in the civil case.

It also James’s “political campaign and other public statements” about the Trumps “do not support the claim that [James] initiated, or is using, the subpoenas in this civil investigation to obtain testimony solely for use in a criminal proceeding or in a manner that would otherwise improperly undermine appellants’ privilege against self-incrimination”.

James properly initiated her investigation in March 2019, the order said, after Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, alleged in congressional testimony that the Trump Organization “had issued fraudulent financial statements”.

本周早些时候, James said she had subpoenaed Trump’s longtime assistant, Rhona Graff, and would question her under oath next week.

In the New York criminal investigation, 艾伦·魏塞尔伯格, Trump’s longtime finance chief, and the Trump Organization have both been charged with tax fraud. 两个都 pleaded not guilty.

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