New York attorney general is seeking a deposition from former President Trump as part of the civil investigation of alleged fraud within the Trump Organization. The New York attorney general’s office is also planning to issue Trump a subpoena in a separate fraud investigation.
The Hill reports:
The Washington Post, citing sources close to the investigation, first reported on Thursday that New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) will ask to interview Trump and take his testimony at her office in Albany on Jan. 7.
James and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are conducting a separate joint criminal probe into whether Trump lowered property values on his forms for tax agents but raised them to look better for financial lenders.
In the probe, prosecutors are specifically examining a property in Manhattan located at 40 Wall Street. Trump told lenders in 2012 the building was was worth $527 million, but informed tax officials it was actually worth around $16 million. The prosecution team is also looking at inflated valuations at a California golf club and an estate in New York.
The joint criminal investigation overlaps with, but is separate from, James’s civil investigation into potential financial fraud at the Trump’s business. Last year, Eric Trump, the former president’s son and an executive vice president at the family company, sat for an interview with the attorney general’s office as part of the probe.
Trump has repeatedly slammed the investigation as nothing but a continuation of the political witchhunt against him.