Trump’s New York deposition probe pending appeal of decision | New Policies

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump and the New York Attorney General’s Office have reached an agreement that spares him from answering questions under oath while he appeals a ruling requiring him to testify in the bureau’s civilian investigation into its business practices.

Under the agreement, detailed in court documents on Thursday, Trump and his two eldest children must sit for depositions within two weeks of an appeals court ruling – if it upholds the lower court’s ruling requiring their testimony. .

The Trumps’ attorneys and the attorney general’s office also agreed to an expedited briefing schedule to speed up the appeal process, with court documents due by March 31.

Lawyers for Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., filed paperwork Monday with the state trial court’s appellate division, seeking to overturn the judge’s Feb. 17 ruling. of Manhattan Arthur Engoron that they testify.

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They argue that ordering the Trumps to testify violates their constitutional rights because the answers they give in Attorney General Letitia James’ civil investigation could be used against them in a parallel criminal investigation.

In an eight-page ruling, Engoron set March 10 as the deadline for the Trumps to sit for depositions. Under the agreement reached on Thursday, this delay is not applicable.

James, a Democrat, said her investigation uncovered evidence that Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, used “fraudulent or misleading” valuations of assets such as golf courses and skyscrapers to obtain loans and tax benefits.

In a statement following Engoron’s decision, Trump called the decision “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in history.”

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