Donald Trump, Don Jr. and Ivanka are to testify under oath

Donald Trump, Don Jr. and Ivanka are to testify under oath

A federal judge in New York has ruled that former President Donald Trump and his two adult children must testify in a case involving his business dealings.

On Thursday, Judge Arthur F. Engoron ruled that Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump must testify in the case.

Letitia James of New York AG claimed they all had vital information about Trump’s business dealings and assets. She has already accused Trump of inflating financial statements when seeking credit.

Trump is no stranger to testifying — last year he answered questions for four and a half hours in a case filed by men who claimed they were attacked by security at Trump Tower.

His other adult son, Eric Trump, has previously testified in a civil case and invoked Fifth Amendment rights multiple times—more than 500 times, according to a statement from James’s office.

Don Jr. and Eric ran the Trump organization along with accused chief executive Allen Weisselberg when Trump was president.

A federal judge has ruled that former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump must testify in a civil fraud case.

A federal judge has ruled that former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump must testify in a civil fraud case.

While James is undoubtedly useful to prosecutors, he has already been able to obtain a wealth of information through subpoenas and interviews with other company officials.

She was able to obtain a wealth of tax and financial information from Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars after the case went to the Supreme Court.

Trump this week accused James of his longtime firm’s “vicious bullying tactics” after Mazars said it could no longer rely on the decade-long financial statements it had worked on for him and announced it was ending its relationship with the company.

Trump said they were “essentially forced to resign from a large long-term account due to prosecutorial misconduct.”

In his statement, Trump cites dollar figures for cash and marketable securities, escrow, reserve deposits and other categories that he says add up to a net worth of $5.8 billion.

Earlier Thursday, Trump’s attorney Alina Hubba used the former president’s alleged fraud hearing to accuse District Attorney Letitia James of stalking him, “probably because he can win again at 24.”

The Bedminster, New Jersey-based lawyer also took the opportunity to accuse Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton of “spying” on his campaign.

Echoing Trump’s tone in his frequent online statements and his demands for an investigation into his investigators, she told James and another lawyer in the state attorney general’s office, “I want to know…are you going to prosecute Hillary Clinton for what she’s doing to my client?

Lawyers for New York State Attorney General Letitia James argued that the case required testimony from Trump and his children.

Lawyers for New York State Attorney General Letitia James argued that the case required testimony from Trump and his children.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the prosecution, which he called a

Trump has repeatedly criticized the prosecution, which he called a “witch hunt.”

Trump's lawyer Alina Hubba used the hearings to accuse Trump's 2016 rival Hillary Clinton of

Trump’s lawyer Alina Hubba used the hearings to accuse Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton of “spying” on his campaign.

Ivanka Trump was able to purchase a Park Avenue apartment leased to her by her father's company for $8.5 million, according to a court order to testify filed by the AG office.  But the firm listed its value at $25 million in its financial statements.

Ivanka Trump was able to purchase a Park Avenue apartment leased to her by her father’s company for $8.5 million, according to a court order to testify filed by the AG office. But the firm listed its value at $25 million in its financial statements.

Ivanka had an option to buy the Park Avenue apartment for $8.5 million, according to a deposition order filed by the AG office, after she rented it out on

Ivanka had an option to buy the Park Avenue apartment for $8.5 million, according to a deposition order filed by the AG office, after she rented it out on “extremely favorable terms.” Ivanka is seen in an apartment with two children.

What was she spying on at Trump Tower in your state? Are you going to investigate her business dealings?

The lawyer called Trump a victim of “opinion discrimination” and challenged James for her own public comments about Trump during her election, Law & Crime reported.

Judge Arthur Engoron repeatedly interrupted her attempts to steer the conversation towards Trump’s rivals. “The Clintons are not ahead of me,” he said.

James has opened the door to a line of attack with some of her past statements about Trump during her own campaigns. She called him “an illegitimate president” and said “we need to find out where he is laundering his money,” statements the Trump team used to accuse her of misconduct.

Hubba’s “spy” comment was a reference to an explosive recent lawsuit filed by Special Counsel John Durham in his investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation. Durham included “actual backstory” in the document, which has roused Republicans who claim it proves Trump’s “espionage” claim, although Clinton’s accused lawyer Michael Sussmann says it was intended to “inflame” the media. He is charged with one count of lying to the FBI.

Hubba is a New Jersey attorney who represented Trump in the Sumner Zervos libel case and other cases.

Trump has always involved his children in his business, which he inherited from his father, Fred Trump.

James’s office has brought forward information relating to Ivanka Trump, who advised Trump at the White House, in her investigation, although the former first daughter is not charged with any wrongdoing.

A court document filed last month says Ivanka was given the opportunity to buy a luxury New York apartment from the Trump Organization for a third of the price listed on the company’s financial statements.

Ivanka had an option to buy the Park Avenue apartment for $8.5 million, according to a deposition order filed by the AG office, after she rented it out on “extremely favorable terms.”

But her father, in his Statement of Financial Status for several years, listed the value of the apartment as between $20,820,000 and $25,000,000, according to the document.

“Given Ivanka Trump’s involvement in these and other cases, her testimony clearly has a reasonable bearing on the issues being investigated by the OAG and should be coerced,” the January document said.

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