The New York state attorney general’s office subpoenaed the former president and two of his children, Ivanka and Donald Jr., to testify as part of the two-year-old investigation into alleged manipulation of Trump Organization property values.
Attorney General Leticia James’ office told the media that it is seeking the sworn deposition of the former president and two of his children to move forward with the civil investigation launched in 2019.
Although the subpoena was filed on Dec. 1 last year, it was only this Monday, Jan. 3, when Donald Jr. and Ivanka’s lawyers said their clients would not comply with the order, that the news broke.
“Despite numerous attempts to delay our investigation by the Trump Organization, we are confident that our questions will be answered and the truth will be uncovered because no one is above the law,” a spokeswoman for the office told The Hill.
Dr. James accuses the Trump Organization of inflating the prices of several of its properties when it comes to taking out bank loans and shrinking them when it comes to paying taxes.
While James’ investigation is civil in nature, according to Breitbart, she was also involved in the criminal investigation conducted by former District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who before leaving office brought tax evasion charges against Trump Organization finance chief Allen Weisselberg.
Speaking to the press, Trump’s attorney, Dr. Alina Habba, branded James as one of the worst attorneys generals in the country whose sole motivation is “political animus and a desire to harass, intimidate and retaliate against a private citizen whom she considers a political opponent.
“The way she has weaponized her office through this political witch hunt exceeds all bounds of prosecutorial standards and violates basic constitutional rights. Her actions are a threat to our democracy and I plan to hold her accountable to the fullest extent,” stated Dr. Habba.
The Trump Organization’s legal representation argues that the attorney general, using the subpoenas, is attempting to “circumvent the entire grand jury process,” and allowing it would set a “dangerous precedent” due to lack of impartiality because of political rivalry.
In December, Trump sued the New York attorney general for violating his constitutional rights and attempting to damage his political career.
Trump under constant pressure from Democrats
Last year, former New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio succeeded in expropriating the Trump Organization of a golf club concession in the city, and it was under contract until 2035.
De Blasio said the city did not want to have a relationship with Trump after the Jan. 6 incidents on Capitol Hill, even though the former president was acquitted in the second impeachment trial accusing him of inciting his supporters. The FBI found no evidence that the incidents were coordinated.
Trump and the neighbors in the area reneged on the decision because the golf course was generating jobs and revenue for the site, and the former president lost much of the money he had spent on the facility.
On a different front but under the same effort, the select committee formed mainly by Democrats investigating the Jan. 6 incidents managed to get Trump’s confidential records while he was in the White House despite several attempts by Trump to block them citing “executive privilege.”
The committee has subpoenaed several former Trump officials to testify and even referred them to the Justice Department to be held in contempt —which it did—in what many have described as a strong political bias on the part of Justice.