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Trump, adult children agree to testify in NY civil probe

Stock Markets Jun 09, 2022 12:21AM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally to boost Ohio Republican candidates ahead of their May 3 primary election, at the county fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, U.S. April 23, 2022. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse 2/3

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Donald Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, have agreed to testify starting July 15 in a New York state civil investigation into the former U.S. president's business practices.

The Trumps' testimony could last through the following week, according to an agreement with state Attorney General Letitia James made public on Wednesday. James is investigating whether the Trump Organization misled lenders and tax authorities.

The deal for the Trumps to testify came more than six months after James first issued subpoenas for their testimony, which the Trumps fought bitterly in court. Last month, an intermediate state appeals court denied the Trumps' bid to avoid testimony in James' probe.

Trump, 75, and his son and daughter, both in their 40s, had argued that testifying in the civil probe would violate their constitutional rights because their words could be used in a related criminal investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Separately, a New York state judge ruled in a virtual hearing on Wednesday that Trump must send James affidavits from several Trump Organization executives about their policies for retaining or destroying records.

But the judge, Arthur Engoron, said he would not yet fully purge a contempt order he issued against Trump in April for failing to comply with a subpoena from the state attorney general. Trump had said he had no documents that were relevant to the probe, a claim Engoron said he found "surprising."

Engoron rejected a suggestion by Trump lawyer Alina Habba that he might have ruled differently had someone other than Trump been involved. "I try to take myself out of the equation," the judge said.

The former president last month paid a $110,000 fine - one of the conditions needed to lift the contempt order - a sum being held in escrow pending Trump's appeal of Engoron's order.

James says her more-than-three-year investigation has found evidence that the Trump Organization - which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate throughout the world - overstated asset values to obtain benefits such as favorable loans and understated the values to get tax breaks.

Trump, a Republican, has denied wrongdoing, and called the investigation politically motivated. James is a Democrat.

The Trumps have until June 13 to ask New York state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, to further delay any testimony in James' probe. The testimony would be postponed if that court issued a stay.

Trump, adult children agree to testify in NY civil probe
 

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gab nea
gab nea Jun 11, 2022 7:51AM ET
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they are going to get fitted for the orange jumpsuits to match face paint color.
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gab nea Jun 09, 2022 7:31PM ET
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the crime family meets law and order! late but bittersweet.
John Laurens
John Laurens Jun 08, 2022 4:05PM ET
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What America really wants is to see the biden spawn on the stand explaining where all the Russia and China money went. It's time for the biden crime syndicate to be fully exposed for their years of defrauding the American people.
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gab nea Jun 08, 2022 4:05PM ET
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the Republican whataboutism responses used to be hillary the boogeyman, now its hunter, same childish behavior by grown men. vote everyone of them out. throw them under the bus like trump would do them.
John Laurens
John Laurens Jun 08, 2022 4:05PM ET
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Tre Hsi  Go home!
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John Laurens Jun 08, 2022 4:05PM ET
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As usual, the fascist left wingers here deflect, project and gaslight instead of owning how crooked and traitorous their sacred leaders are. Why they haven't made their worship of hillary, president bed sch - i - tter, and hunter recognized religions is beyond me, but it's a fascinating study in cults and those who buy into them.
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please leave hillary alone already. she is clean after all your waste of money investigations. Republicans think good people are bad and the worst like trump is to be adored blindly, wow wow wow.
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John Laurens Jun 08, 2022 4:05PM ET
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gab nea  LMFAO
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prepare for a lot of I don't recall or I plead the fifth or any other BS answers, anything but the truth.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jun 08, 2022 3:54PM ET
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To quote Trump, "Only guilty people take the 5th". I have no clue why that whole family is not in jail, only in America can daddy's money buy you so much!
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 08, 2022 3:54PM ET
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maybe, or maybe we'll get a replay of Trump's testimony of the old USFL lawsuit, not that it worked out better for The Donald that time, but the entertainment value would be so much better than the typical "I don't recall" dodges
gab nea
gab nea Jun 08, 2022 3:54PM ET
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come on you are pressuring the crime boss to tell the truth and under oath, he is really not used to that. is it fair after all his years of lying to force him to go against his grain?
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First Last Jun 08, 2022 3:51PM ET
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Trump's spawns are poster children for why US should have higher estate taxes w/ less loopholes.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jun 08, 2022 3:51PM ET
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Trump's spawn are poster children for keeping ***legal. That or expanding our jails to house more white collar criminals.
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Benjamin USA Jun 08, 2022 3:51PM ET
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Scot House go move to russia you commie lmao
Paul Ferla
Paul Ferla Jun 08, 2022 3:25PM ET
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The Swamp fights back.
Llewellyn Kruger
Llewellyn Kruger Jun 08, 2022 3:25PM ET
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Indeed.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jun 08, 2022 3:25PM ET
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Law and Order!!!!!! Equality under the justice system. Lock them up!
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 08, 2022 3:25PM ET
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"The Swamp fights back."  -- yeah but he keeps losing his lawsuits, you think he would have voluntarily agree to testify?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 08, 2022 3:25PM ET
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Oh, please. Trump, Perry, Navaro, Mnuchin, Pompeo, Ross, DeJoy... those guys were the swamp. Trump does one thing very well, getting the know-nothings to think realty is the opposite of what it is.
 
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