United States: Donald Trump and his two children must appear in court

United States: Donald Trump and his two children must appear in court

Donald Trump and his two children, Donald Jr and Ivanka, “will appear to testify beginning Friday, July 15 and continuing through the following week, unless a stay is granted by the New York Court of Appeals,” wrote Judge Arthur Engeron.


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UA hearing for former US President Donald Trump and two of his children in a civil investigation into the family group’s tax practices has been set for July 15 by a New York judge, according to a court document.

The latest episode in a long standoff between the Republican billionaire and the Democratic Attorney General of New York State, Letitia James, who is leading the investigation, this decision can still be appealed.

Donald Trump and his two children, Donald Jr and Ivanka, “will appear to testify beginning Friday, July 15 and continuing through the following week, unless a stay is granted by the New York Court of Appeals,” wrote Judge Arthur Engeron in the document signed by the parties.

Possible frauds

The investigation opened since March 2019 concerns possible fraud in the tax practices of the Trump Organization, which includes buildings, luxury properties, hotels and golf courses in particular.

It is taking place in parallel with another criminal investigation by the Manhattan prosecutor, in which the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, were charged with tax evasion and pleaded not guilty.

The civil investigation accelerated in January when Letitia James announced that she had gathered “significant evidence that suggests that Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization falsely and fraudulently valued a number of assets” in order to obtain economic benefits.

Concretely, she suspects the Trump Organization of having “fraudulently” overestimated the value of certain properties when applying for loans from banks and of having underestimated others with the tax authorities in order to pay less taxes.

Letitia James, whom the Trump camp accuses of wanting to lead a political “witch hunt”, had obtained on February 17 that a judge order the former president and his children to be heard, but the Republican has exercised multiple appeal since.



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