Donald Trump faces legal action to comply with New York attorney general’s inquiry

New York: New York Attorney General Letitia James took legal action to compel former US President Donald Trump and his closest family members to give sworn evidence on Wednesday, part of a continuing investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings.

The probe will also summon his son Donald Jr, and daughter Ivanka, to explain irregularities in the Trump Organization’s financial disclosures. Papers that were filed on Wednesday make it clear that the Trump family members mentioned were directly involved in one or more transactions under review, James’s office said.

Earlier this month, Trump filed a motion to quash these interviews. In a tweet sent on January 8, James announced her office’s intentions to force the Trumps into compliance, saying that “no one in this country can pick and choose if and how the law applies to them.”

“For more than two years, the Trump Organization has used delay tactics and litigation in an attempt to thwart a legitimate investigation into its financial dealings,” she said.

James opened an investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization in March 2019, after Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified before Congress that annual financial statements inflated the values of the former president’s assets to obtain favorable terms for loans and insurance coverage, while also deflating the value of other assets, to reduce real estate taxes.

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