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Donald Trump must testify under oath in civil investigation, judges rule

Donald Trump must testify under oath in civil investigation, judges rule

Former President Donald Trump and two of his adult children are due to testify as part of the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into how the family-owned real estate company valued their properties, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump are also due to testify in the case.

The justices rejected Trump’s argument that the subpoena was part of a politically motivated investigation and ruled out by a corresponding criminal investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

“The political campaign and other public statements made by the OAG about the appellants do not support the assertion that the OAG initiated or is using the subpoenas in this civil investigation to obtain testimony solely for use in a criminal proceeding or in a manner that otherwise improperly undermine appellants’ privilege against self-incrimination,” the decision said.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on April 23, 2022, in Delaware, Ohio.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James argued that her office found “significant evidence” of fraud in the investigation into how Trump and the Trump Organization valued real estate in the state. The investigation is reviewing whether the Trump Organization used fraudulent or misleading valuations of its holdings in a variety of ways to obtain a range of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage and tax deductions.

“Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our legal investigation into his financial dealings,” James said in a statement Thursday. “We will continue to follow the facts of this case and make sure that no one can evade the law.”

The Trumps have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Former President Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. have ignored subpoenas issued in the case.

The parallel investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has already resulted in tax fraud charges against the company and CFO Allen Weisselberg. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Donald Trump called those charges a “disgrace” and “shame” and said Weisselberg, who has worked for the Trump Organization for 48 years, is a “tremendous man.”

John Santucci and Mark Osborne of ABC News contributed to this report.

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