NY AG Subpoenas Trump, Two Kids in Real Estate Business Investigation

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The New York State Attorney General’s office subpoenaed former President Donald Trump and his two oldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., for their sworn testimony in a civil investigation into the Trump Organization’s business practices — though the Trumps have refused to comply. 

Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating the eponymous company since March 2019 in an attempt to uncover whether or not the former real estate mogul submitted false property values to potential lenders. Now James is seeking testimony from Trump’s two children, who both have served as executives in the Trump Organization, the Associated Press reported.

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The two younger Trumps filed motions to stop the subpoenas Monday evening, according to the New York Attorney General’s office. In late December, Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against James to stop her investigation, claiming it was politically motivated.

“For more than two years, members of the Trump family and the Trump Organization have continually sought to delay and impede our investigation into Donald Trump and the Trump Organization, but despite their names, they must play by the same rules as everyone else,” James said in a statement. “These delay tactics will not stop us from following the facts or the law, which is why we will be asking the court to compel Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump to testify with our office under oath. Our investigation will continue undeterred.”

James’ investigation is similar to a separate criminal investigation from former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, though he did not indict Trump. Earlier this year, Vance indicted the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, for allegedly evading taxes to score $1.8 million worth of perks, like an expensive Upper West Side apartment, private school tuition for his relatives and a leased Mercedes-Benz

A lawyer for Donald Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update: This story has been updated to include a statement from James.

Celia Young can be reached at cyoung@commercialobserver.com.