US: Donald Trump, family must testify in fraud investigation

Thursday - 17/02/2022 16:27
The former US President has been ordered to answer questions under oath in a probe on alleged fraudulent practices at his family business.
The business practices of the Trump family and Trump Organization have been closely scrutinized
The business practices of the Trump family and Trump Organization have been closely scrutinized

A New York judge ruled on Thursday that former US President Donald Trump, and two of his adult children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, must give statements under oath in a civil probe into their family company's business.

Judge Arthur Engoron said the New York attorney general had "the clear right" to question the Trumps after having uncovered "copious evidence of possible financial fraud."

Engoron directed the Trumps to submit to questioning within three weeks, however, Trump's lawyers can appeal the decision in what could be a lengthy process. 

Why is Trump under investigation?

New York Attorney General Letitia James said last month that a nearly three-year investigation into the Trump Organization had uncovered significant evidence of fraud. 

James' investigators have alleged the Trump Organization has a "fraudulent or misleading'' pattern of saying properties like golf courses or skyscrapers were worth more when they wanted better deals on loans, and worth less when they wanted tax breaks.

One example cited Trump's financial statements showing an apartment he owned measuring 30,000 square feet, when it was in fact a third that size

Trump has called the investigation a political "witch hunt" and his lawyers have argued that asset evaluations can be subjective.

James' civil probe is separate from a criminal inquiry being Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg into the Trump Organization's business practices.

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