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Latest York high court nixes Trump appeal, clearing way for testimony

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the George R. Brown Convention Center through the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention on May 27, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

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Latest York’s highest court rejected former President Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to avoid testifying within the state attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices on Tuesday, clearing the way in which for his deposition next month.

The state’s Court of Appeals said there was no “substantial constitutional query” that may warrant its intervention within the matter following an intermediate appellate court’s ruling last month enforcing a subpoena for Trump’s testimony.

The court also dismissed a motion by Trump’s lawyers to remain the subpoenas, saying that doing so could be “academic,” because it wasn’t taking on the previous president’s appeal in the primary place.

Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., agreed last week to reply questions under oath starting July 15 unless the Court of Appeals decided to step in.

A message in search of comment on Tuesday’s ruling was sent to Trump’s lawyer. Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., declined comment. A message was also left with a spokesperson for Attorney General Letitia James.

The appellate division of the state’s trial court ruled May 26 that the Trumps needed to undergo a deposition, upholding a lower court’s ruling that James’ office had “the clear right” to query Trump and certain other figures in his company, the Trump Organization.

James has said her three-year investigation has uncovered evidence that the Trump Organization exaggerated the worth of assets including skyscrapers, golf courses and even his Manhattan penthouse to get loans, insurance and tax breaks for land donations.

A lawyer for her office told a judge last month that evidence could support legal motion against the previous president, his company or each, though the attorney said no decision had been made.

Trump has decried the investigation as a part of a politically motivated “witch hunt” against him.

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