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Trump set to testify in Latest York attorney general investigation


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) gives two thumbs up as Donald Trump Jr. (L) and Ivanka Trump (R) stand and cheer for Eric Trump as he delivers his speech through the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 on the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Former President Donald Trump and two of his adult children are tentatively set to start testifying as a part of a civil investigation of the Trump family business by the Latest York attorney general on July 15, a court filing revealed Wednesday.

The agreement to testify by Trump and Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump is conditional.

The testimony wouldn’t start on that date if a Latest York state appeals court issues a stay of a judge’s order that the Trumps must answer questions under oath by investigators for Attorney General Letitia James.

Lawyers for the family and company have repeatedly but unsuccessfully tried to dam a subpoena for his or her testimony from James, in addition to other demands for information from the corporate.

A stipulation filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday gives the Trumps until Monday to ask the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, to remain the order for the testimony.

If there is no such thing as a stay, each of the Trumps might be questioned individually starting July 15, and conclude those depositions by the next week. That testimony won’t be conducted in public.

James is investigating the Trump Organization for possibly illegal manipulation of the stated valuations of varied real estate assets owned by that company. The attorney general specifically is looking into whether the corporate gave different valuations for an asset to acquire more favorable conditions on loans and insurance, in addition to for tax advantages.

Donald Trump Jr. currently operates the Trump Organization along with his brother Eric Trump, who previously answered questions under oath by James’ investigators.

Ivanka Trump, who served as senior White House advisor during her father’s presidency, is a former top executive within the Trump Organization.

The Trumps have been fighting for months to avoid having to testify within the probe, which the ex-president has repeatedly called a witch hunt.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron, after a contentious hearing on Feb. 1st, said Trump and his children must comply with James’ subpoenas compelling their testimony.

Engoron, in a written order, noted that James’ investigation had uncovered “copious evidence of possible financial fraud” on the Trump Organization.

“She has the clear right” to ask questions of the principals of that company, he added.

Lawyers for the family and the corporate appealed Engoron’s order in late February.

On May 26, that appeal was denied in a unanimous ruling by the Appellate Division of the First Judicial Department of Manhattan Supreme Court.

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