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Trump must testify in New York probe, appeals court rules

Economy May 26, 2022 05:30PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally to boost Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, ahead of the May 17 primary election at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. May 6, 2022.

By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) -Former U.S. President Donald Trump must testify under oath in the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into his business practices, an intermediate state appeals court ruled on Thursday.

A four-judge panel unanimously upheld a trial court decision from February enforcing subpoenas for Trump and his two eldest children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, to provide deposition testimony in Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation.

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

Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In January, James said her nearly three-year investigation into the Trump Organization had uncovered significant evidence of possible fraud https://www.reuters.com/world/us/ny-attorney-general-details-possible-fraud-donald-trumps-family-business-2022-01-19.

She described what she called misleading statements about the values of the Trump brand and six properties, saying the company may have inflated real estate values to obtain bank loans and reduced them to lower tax bills.

Trump issued a statement earlier this year calling the accusations false and accusing James of a political agenda in targeting him and his family.

Trump and his children have said testifying would violate their constitutional rights because their words could be used in a related criminal probe led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, which James joined last May.

Trump, a Republican, has also accused James of selectively prosecuting him because he is a political enemy. James and Bragg are Democrats.

The appeals court rejected those arguments, saying James reviewed "significant volumes of evidence" before issuing the subpoenas.

"Appellants have not identified any similarly implicated corporation that was not investigated or any executives of such a corporation who were not deposed," the court said of the Trumps. "Therefore, appellants have failed to demonstrate that they were treated differently from any similarly situated persons."

Trump must testify in New York probe, appeals court rules
 

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gab nea
gab nea Jun 01, 2022 2:07AM ET
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the word trump just oozes criminality.
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gab nea Jun 01, 2022 2:06AM ET
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even lawbreakers must face justice, sooner or later.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 30, 2022 7:46AM ET
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I hope the Trump testimony this time would be as entertaining and informative as his testimony during the USFL anti trust suit........it went so well for him that last time lol
John Laurens
John Laurens May 27, 2022 3:51AM ET
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Our cups will overflow with liberal tears in a few months.. You all should really be paying attention to what Shillary is guilty of. Biggest criminal election fixing hoax in AMerican history.. buuut that's all good with the libs. Separate justice for the fascist dems.. Conservatives held to a vastly higher standard. We'll still win. Watch!
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Tre Hsi May 27, 2022 3:51AM ET
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Hilary?  you are still on that?  what is she guilty of?  Apparently you know more than Trump's DOJ and AG since they wouldn't/couldn't even produce anything worth prosecuting her (or Hunter Biden or any election officials), but of course you knew that....
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader May 26, 2022 4:31PM ET
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I'm sure trump will have some obnoxious rascist remarks to say to his minions about James.
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Ac Tektrader May 26, 2022 4:18PM ET
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the fat lying windbag Trump, is finally going to receive his just deserts. tax fraud and banking fraud for a start.. the feds have got the goods to send him and his crime "family" to prison for a long time.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice May 26, 2022 2:04PM ET
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A WARNING: IF your coup fails, You MIGHT have to testify in a court somewhere !!
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Matt Kay May 26, 2022 2:04PM ET
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Only if you are poor. Does not apply to rich corrupt garbage
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John Laurens May 26, 2022 1:54PM ET
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That fat racist wind bag James has got nothing. President Trump shows up.. says “I don’t recall, I can’t remember, and I’ll look into that for you a few dozen times .. then off to his next rally or round of golf. LMFAO
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Hope he says those thing, then the court can find him in contemp an lock him up. ILMAOK
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First Last May 26, 2022 1:54PM ET
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How can a self-proclaimed "stable genius" not remember?
Ac Tektrader
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trump has proven to be a fat lying windbag over and over again...
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First Last  How can a disgusting ****like James get that job? Oh yeah - affirmative action and A's for effort. LMFAO
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Matt Kay May 26, 2022 12:53PM ET
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ew, can we not post that face on here ever again. gross
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The man is a cro.ok and a liar
 
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