Mon. Sep 26th, 2022
WASHINGTON: Former US President Donald Triumph said Wednesday that he refused to answer questions during an appearance before the New York state attorney general in a civil investigation into his family’s business practices.
“I refused to answer questions about the rights and privileges afforded to all citizens under the Constitution of the United States,” Trump said in a statement.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether the Trump Organization inflated real estate values. Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, fought to avoid testifying but lost. Trump raised his fist as he left Trump Tower Wednesday morning, wearing a blue suit with a flag lapel pin.
Late Tuesday, Trump said in a post on his Truth Social app that he would see the New York attorney general on Wednesday. A source also told Reuters that Trump is scheduled to testify in the investigation on Wednesday. Trump’s children have already been questioned, the source said.
The deposition will not be public.
A spokeswoman for James has declined to comment. An attorney for Trump did not respond to requests for comment.
James has said his investigation uncovered significant evidence that the Trump Organization, which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate, overstated asset values ​​to obtain favorable loans and understated values ​​to obtain tax breaks.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and called the New York investigation politically motivated. James is a Democrat.
Separately, the FBI searched Trump’s Florida estate on Monday, escalating the federal investigation into whether he illegally deleted White House records when he left office in January 2021.
Trump has been publicly flirting with the question of running for president again in 2024, but has not clearly said whether he will do so.
The order to search Trump’s assets in Florida relates to the National Archives and Records Administration, which is in charge of safeguarding presidential records that belong to the public, and whether there were any classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Trump has had to deal with a series of legal problems since he left office, after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in a failed attempt to overturn his electoral loss. Trump continues to falsely claim that the election was stolen through widespread voter fraud.