Trump Organization accused of manipulation

 Trump Organization accused of manipulation

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New York attorney general wants the former president and his two eldest children to testify under oath

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a petition to the state Supreme Court to order former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., and daughter Ivanka Trump to cooperate with her investigation into alleged financial misconduct at the Trump Organization.

James alleged that the investigation has “uncovered significant evidence that suggests Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization falsely and fraudulently valued multiple assets and misrepresented those values to financial institutions for economic benefit.”

She claimed the former president’s business empire used the approach “to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions.”

The motion to compel seeks enforcement of subpoenas issued earlier by James’ office to get testimony from Trump and his children. Last month, the AG requested a deposition from Donald Trump and even suspended her gubernatorial campaign to focus on ongoing investigations, including the one involving the former president. A month later, the Trump siblings were served with subpoenas.

Trump responded by filing a lawsuit against James, accusing her of abusing prosecutorial power for political gain and requesting that she recuse herself from the investigation. She described the legal action as part of the Trump Organization’s stalling tactic.

James was previously instrumental in toppling her former boss, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who resigned last August following accusations of sexual harassment, which the attorney general’s office helped in uncovering.

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