Even before she was elected to office, New York Attorney General Letitia James vowed to fully investigate President Donald Trump, his family, and the Trump Organization for a variety of baseless and evidence-free allegations of criminal wrongdoing. Now, she’s making her move.
According to Fox News, Eric Trump, the president’s son and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, had been ordered to testify as part of an investigation into allegations of fraud — and now, a New York state judge has ruled that he must deliver that testimony prior to November’s election.
Following a hearing on Wednesday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron rejected a request from Eric Trump to delay his deposition until mid-November, after the election.
The president’s son had cited the fact that he has a full schedule campaigning on behalf of his father, as well as concern that the deposition request is politically motivated and would be weaponized for partisan purposes.
But according to Fox, the judge ruled that Eric Trump had until Oct. 7 to sit for the deposition with James’ office. The president’s son will be asked to answer questions regarding unproven allegations that the Trump Organization had inflated the value of certain assets in order to obtain loans and insurance coverage, while deflating the value of other assets for tax purposes.
“An individual with the name Trump”
In response to the judge’s ruling, James said in a statement that “justice and the rule of law prevailed today.”
“Eric Trump will no longer be able to delay his interview and will be sitting down with investigators in my office no later than October 7,” the attorney general said, according to Fox.
She went on: “To be clear, no entity or individual is allowed to dictate how or when our investigation will proceed or set the parameters of a lawful investigation. The court’s order today makes clear that no one is above the law, not even an organization or an individual with the name Trump.”
According to The New York Times, Eric Trump had previously agreed to sit for a deposition with James’ office that was scheduled for August. That was abruptly canceled, however, and the Trump Organization later released a statement announcing that it would not comply with additional subpoenas for various documents and tax records.
As part of the latest ruling, the Trump Organization has also been ordered to turn over all subpoenaed documents for review.
The president’s son, for his part, issued a statement Wednesday decrying the attorney general’s “continued political vendetta and attempt to interfere with the upcoming election.”
“The New York Attorney General has called my father an ‘illegitimate’ president and pledged to take him down while she was running for office,” Eric Trump said, according to The New York Times. “That said, since I previously agreed to appear for an interview, I will do so as scheduled.”