Court filings that were made public on Monday showed that New York Attorney General (AG) Letitia James has subpoenaed Donald Trump’s children—Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. as part of investigations of civil fraud. The AG’s office wants the children to testify in connection with the valuation of properties owned by their father or by the Trump Organization.
The New York Times was the first to report the news. The filings show that Trump and his children are challenging the subpoenas.
Letitia James wants to depose the former President Donald Trump as well as two of his children—Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. In late 2020, lawyers from the Attorney General’s office had deposed Trump’s other son Eric.
James’s office is considering a civil suit against the organization. The office has also helped the Manhattan District Attorney’s (DA) office which is conducting a criminal investigation. The investigation is probing allegations of tax frauds in Trump’s company.
According to a report in CBS News, Alan Futerfas, who is the lawyer for Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump junior confirmed to the outlet that they would be filing a motion in court to quash the subpoenas. Ronald Fischetti, Donald Trump’s lawyer also confirmed to the outlet that they were also filing a similar motion.
Letitia James has already sent personnel to the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation. The Manhattan DA’s office probe had led to charges against both the Trump Organization as well as its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg.
The former president’s lawyer told the outlet that James was asking for a civil deposition so that she could take those answers and give them to the district attorney’s office in Manhattan. Earlier, Donald Trump has said that Attorney General Letitia James’s investigation was “a witch hunt.” He had also called it “corrupt.”
CBS asked Letitia James’ office for comment but has not as yet received a response.