Despite Eric Trump’s efforts to squirm away from testifying before the election, his lawyers requests for delay were denied by the presiding judge.
Trump must testify in response to a subpoena from the New York Attorney General’s office before the presidential election as part of a probe of Trump Organization, where he is an executive. New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur F. Engoron ruled after a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court that Donald Trump’s son must testify no later than October 7, 2020, NBC News reports. “This court finds that application unpersuasive,” Engoron said.
Engoron noted that, “Mr. Trump cites no authority in support of his request, and at any event, neither petitioner nor this court is bound by timelines of the national election.”
Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether the New York-based Trump Organization improperly inflated the values of several real estate assets on annual financial statements that were used to obtain loans, as well as to get economic and tax benefits related to those properties.
The New York Times reports, “The Manhattan district attorney’s office has suggested in court filings that it is investigating possible bank and insurance fraud by the president and the Trump Organization, and is fighting in federal court to obtain his tax returns.”
The Washington Post adds:
Michael Cohen, a former executive with the company, … testified in 2019 that the statements demonstrated how [Donald] Trump inflated the value of his assets for loan applications and for insurance purposes. His properties were undervalued, however, to reduce taxes, Cohen alleged. […]
The president’s son agreed to an interview but canceled two days before the July appointment, according to James’s lawsuit. A letter sent by Eric Trump’s attorney indicated that “ ‘[W]e cannot allow the requested interview to go forward,’ ” according to an account of the events by investigators.
The lawyers also cited “rights afforded to every individual under the Constitution,” in resisting efforts to reschedule Eric Trump’s meeting.
#BREAKING: A judge just ruled that Eric Trump can no longer delay an interview under oath with my office as part of our ongoing investigation into financial dealings of the Trump Organization.
Eric Trump must interview with my office by October 7th, 2020.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) September 23, 2020
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