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New York appeals court rules Trump, Ivanka and Don Jr. must sit for depositions

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In the order on page 4, the court found that the lower court “appropriately dismissed the appellant’s allegation that the subpoena issued by OAG should be revoked.”

The Court of Appeals said the parallel crime investigation conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney General did not prevent New York State Attorney General Leticia James, a Democrat, from pursuing her civil investigation, including testimony.

“The existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude civil discoveries of relevant facts in which the parties may exercise their privileges against self-incrimination,” the court wrote. The judge also rejected Trump’s allegations that they were selectively prosecuted because of Trump’s political tendencies.James’s office Subpoena Trump, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. For last year’s testimony.

“We are considering a decision,” said Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump.

Trump’s lawyer, Ronald Fishetti, said they expected to appeal the decision and seek a stay to prevent testimony collection until the High Court ruled. It is up to the Court of Appeals to file a proceeding.

Below Previously negotiated transaction, Trump will sit for testimony recording within 14 days of Thursday’s ruling. Mr Fishetti said the ruling had not yet been discussed with Mr Trump and it was too early for the former president to answer the question or invoke the amended Article 5.
This decision is a setback for Trump, who tried to avoid testimony in the Attorney General’s investigation. James’ office in January said it found “significant” evidence that the Trump organization used false or misleading asset valuations in its financial statements to obtain loan, insurance and tax incentives. , She had to interview Trump about their involvement. A lawyer at James’ office has previously stated that the investigation is almost complete and civil enforcement measures may continue.They will be interviewed Trump’s longtime assistant Lornagraph Next week. She was the gatekeeper of Trump for decades until April 2021.

The ruling will take place only two weeks after the Appeals Commission has expressed skepticism during oral arguments regarding the settlement dispute. At the hearing, Judge Roland Acosta asked Trump’s lawyer about his right to amend Article 5 to avoid answering questions.

Trump claimed that James was about to end the grand jury process. There, witnesses are exempt from trading for testimony in New York. A judge in the lower court dismissed his allegation that he could call the fifth, a judgment agreed upon by the Court of Appeals.

It is not clear whether Trump will answer a particular question when the testimony is taken. In civil lawsuits, the jury can draw “unfavorable reasoning” and hold it against individuals who do not answer the question.

Eric Trump was previously banished to the Attorney General of New York, refused to answer the question, and claimed his fifth amendment to more than 500 self-incriminations.

On Thursday, James praised the Court of Appeals’ ruling.

“The court again ruled in our favor and ordered Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump to appear in front of my office to testify under an oath. Correspondence to the judgment.

This story has been updated with additional reports.

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