Donald Trump, Ivanka and Trump Jr. agree to testify in the New York inquest

Ex-President Donald Trump (left), his daughter Ivanka Trump (center) and son Donald Trump Jr. (right) are scheduled to testify beginning July 15

Ex-President Donald Trump (left), his daughter Ivanka Trump (center) and son Donald Trump Jr (right) are scheduled to testify beginning July 15 (Image: Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump and his two oldest children will testify under oath about their family business practices in the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation next month.

The ex-president, his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. will testify beginning July 15, according to a court order and regulation filed Wednesday. The parties will be given until the end of next week to finalize their statements.

Each family member will testify separately.

The Trumps will gather for testimony unless New York’s top court, the Circuit Court of Appeals, issues the judge’s decision. The Trumps have until Monday to apply for a stay.

Late last month, an appeals court ruled that Trump’s three family members must testify in the case. On June 1, the ex-president appealed.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office had “substantial evidence” of fraud in her investigation of the Trump Organization’s misrepresentation of property valuations in order to obtain tax breaks and cheaper credit.

James’ office has said in court filings that it “uncovered substantial evidence supporting numerous misstatements in Mr Trump’s financial statements made available to banks, insurers and the Internal Revenue Service.”

Her office is expected to question Trump about the financial statements. Investigators also plan to interview Ivanka, who used to work for the Trump Organization, and Trump Jr., currently its executive vice president, about the company’s financial operations.

The clause was filed as James’ office accused the ex-president of subjecting his investigators to “goose hunting” in the investigative process of the case.

“I am both frustrated and perplexed that we are where we are,” Andrew Amer, of James’ office, said during a hearing on Wednesday.

“The Trump Organization is a large and sophisticated real estate firm that is no stranger to litigation. I just don’t understand why it was so difficult to get basic information.’

President Trump has repeatedly denied complicity in any wrongdoing, calling the investigation into James a “witch hunt.” Lawyers for him and his children did not immediately comment on the latest development.

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