The New York Attorney General has expanded her investigation into Donald Trump’s business empire by issuing subpoenas for the former president’s two oldest children, along with the former investor himself.
Letitia James issued subpoenas to Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. last month, according to court documents filed with the New York Supreme Court on Monday. A spokeswoman for her office said investigators were “seeking sworn interviews” for all three family members.
The court submissions state that the subpoenas were issued “in connection with an investigation into the valuation of property owned or controlled by Donald J. Trump or the Trump Organization.” James ’investigation is believed to focus on whether Donald is Trump inflated the value of his property for some purposes – say, bank loan insurance or insurance – while minimizing them when it comes to paying taxes.
New submissions from Dec. 30 show that lawyers for the former president and his adult children are trying to prevent James’ staff from interviewing them as part of the investigation.
“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 revealed because no one is above the law,” a spokesman for the attorney general said.
The subpoenas come after James in September signaled that more accusations are likely to emerge from Donald Trump’s three-year investigation into her office’s business relations.
“I can assure you that this investigation is alive and well. So stay with us, ”she said at the time.
Requests for a subpoena were filed at a delicate time for investigation, and followed at the same time as Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan District Attorney, who in July, along with James, discovered Criminal indictment in 15 counts against the Trump Organization and its longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg.
Vance, who did not seek re-election in November, was replaced by Alvin Bragg, an experienced prosecutor who was sworn in on New Year’s Eve.
Legal experts said the case against Weisselberg was part of an attempt to put pressure on him to testify against Trump in investigations in Manhattan and New York State. Weisselberg pleaded not guilty. Donald Trump dismissed the case as a “political witch hunt” devised by his Democratic slanderers.
The Trump Organization, a spokesman for the former president and a lawyer representing his children, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Additional report by James Politi