Trump, Ivanka, Don Jr. subpoenaed in New York AG's probe

Then-President Trump speaks during an event about the Paycheck Protection Program used to support small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak in the East Room of the White House on April 28, 2020, in Washington, as Ivanka Trump listens.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general’s office confirmed Monday that it has subpoenaed former President Donald Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., demanding their testimony in an investigation into the family’s business practices.

Attorney General Letitia James’ office said in a court filing that it recently issued subpoenas seeking the Trumps’ testimony and documents as part of a yearslong civil probe involving matters including “the valuation of properties owned or controlled” by the ex-president and his company.

Monday’s filing, made public as the Trumps gear up to fight the subpoenas, was the first time investigators publicly disclosed that they are also seeking information from Donald Trump’s two children, both trusted allies of their father who have been executives in his family’s Trump Organization.

James, a Democrat, has spent more than two years looking at whether the Trump Organization misled banks or tax officials about the value of assets — inflating them to gain favorable loan terms or minimizing them to reap tax savings.

James went to court recently seeking to have a judge force the Trumps to comply with the subpoenas. The Trumps are expected to file court papers seeking to have them thrown out. A similar legal battle played out last year after James’ office subpoenaed another Trump son, Trump Organization executive Eric Trump, and a judge forced him to testify after his lawyers abruptly canceled a scheduled deposition.

Messages seeking comment were left with the Trumps’ lawyers and the Trump Organization.

Last month, Donald Trump sued James in federal court, seeking to put an end to her investigation. Trump, in the lawsuit, claimed that the attorney general had violated the Republican’s constitutional rights in a “thinly-veiled effort to publicly malign Trump and his associates.”

In the past, the Republican ex-president has decried James’ investigation as part of a “witch hunt” along with a parallel criminal probe being run by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

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Judd Grossman

Political persecution by the justice system is very dangerous.

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