NY Attorney General Letitia James takes legal action against Trump in fraud case
Albany, New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James is taking legal action to get ex-president Donald Trump and his children Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump to comply with her probe into possible fraud.
James released a statement announcing that her office had found "significant additional evidence" that the Trump Organization had engaged in fraud.
The company has been accused of giving "fraudulent or misleading" representations of the value of its assets in order to receive loans, tax deductions, and other financial benefits.
Now the attorney general's office has filed a motion to compel Trump and two of his children to give sworn testimony in the case.
"We are taking legal action to force Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump to comply with our investigation into the Trump Organization's financial dealings," James announced on Twitter. "No one in this country can pick and choose if and how the law applies to them."
Trump in December attempted to stop the investigation by suing James, accusing her of launching a politically motivated probe into his business activities.
His lawyers have characterized the attorney general's latest move as an attempt to gather evidence for a separate criminal investigation currently being carried out by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the Associated Press reported.
Trump and his children have so far refused to comply with subpoenas calling on them to appear for testimony and submit documents relevant to the case. Donald Jr. and Ivanka are reportedly closely involved in the transactions currently under investigation.
James' statement said her office has not yet decided whether to file lawsuits over the allegations, as they first need to question members of the Trump family.
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