New York state Attorney General Letitia James has asked the court to compel the president’s son, Eric Trump, to be questioned in its ongoing investigation of the Trump Organization.
In a statement, James said, “For months, the Trump Organization has made baseless claims in an effort to shield evidence from a lawful investigation into its financial dealings. They have stalled, withheld documents, and instructed witnesses, including Eric Trump, to refuse to answer questions under oath. That’s why we’ve filed a motion to compel the Trump Organization to comply with our office’s lawful subpoenas for documents and testimony. These questions will be answered and the truth will be uncovered, because no one is above the law.”
The Attorney General’s office said Eric Trump had initially agreed to sit for a deposition on July 22. He however, refused, “balking less than two days before he was scheduled by agreement to give testimony.”
James’ office is investigating whether the Trump Organization “improperly inflated the value of Mr. Trump’s assets on financial statements in order to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits.”
The investigation into the tax records of President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization has been going in since 2019.
James’ office also said Eric Trump’s attorney sent a letter to the attorney general saying he would invoke “those rights afforded to every individual under the Constitution” as justification not to testify.