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Donald Trump to testify under oath about business practices

A court has ruled that ex-President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in a civil investigation in New York

A court ruled that ex-President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in a civil investigation in New York (Image: AP)

Former President Donald Trump has lost an appeal and must answer questions under oath in a New York civil investigation into his company, a court has ruled.

A state appeals court on Thursday upheld Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron’s February ruling that allowed Trump and his two eldest children to obtain subpoenas to testify in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation.

Trump appealed and tried to overturn the decision. The ex-president’s attorneys argued that testimony by Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump violated their constitutional rights because their responses could be included in a separate criminal investigation by Manhattan prosecutors.

However, the four-judge panel on the State Court’s Appellate Division wrote that “the existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude the civil discovery of related facts in which a party may exercise the privilege against self-incrimination.”

The decision states: “The OAG’s political campaign and other public statements about the applicants do not support the allegation that the OAG initiated or is using the subpoenas in this civil investigation to obtain testimony solely for use in a criminal proceeding or in any way.” to obtain that would otherwise unduly undermine the complainant’s privilege against self-incrimination.’

James said their investigation found evidence that the Trump Organization made “fraudulent and misleading” valuations of its properties and assets in order to obtain tax breaks and cheap credit.

“Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our lawful investigation into his financial dealings,” James said Thursday. “We will continue to investigate the facts of this case and ensure that no one can escape the law.”

The Trumps, who have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, have ignored all subpoenas issued for them in James’ investigation. You have the opportunity to appeal the verdict to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

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Justin Scacco

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