The New York attorney general has subpoenaed former President Donald Trump and his two eldest children in an ongoing civil investigation into the family’s business practices, according to a court record.
Attorney General Letitia James’s office said in the file it was seeking testimony and documents from Mr. Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump “in connection with an investigation into the valuation of owned or controlled properties.” by the former president and his company, the Trump Organization.
Messages soliciting comment were left with attorneys in Trump’s office and Ms James.
The attorney general’s attempt to obtain the testimony of the former president was reported in December, but the filing of the complaint on Monday was the first public disclosure that investigators were also seeking information from Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
The Trumps are expected to file court documents to quash the subpoenas, setting up a similar legal fight to the one that unfolded last year after Ms James’ office subpoenaed another son of Trump.
Mr Trump sued Ms James last month, seeking to end the investigation after she asked him to sit for a deposition on January 7. Mr. Trump’s lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges the investigation violated his constitutional rights in a “thinly veiled effort to publicly slander Trump and his associates.”
Monday’s court record was the first public acknowledgment from the attorney general’s office that he had previously cited to testify Mr. Trump’s testimony.
Ms James, a Democrat, has spent more than two years investigating whether the Trump organization has misled banks or tax officials about the value of assets – by inflating them for favorable loan terms or downplaying them to achieve tax savings.
Last year, Ms James’ investigators interviewed one of Mr Trump’s sons, Eric Trump, an executive of the Trump Organization, as part of the investigation. Ms James’ office went to court to enforce a subpoena against young Trump, and a judge forced him to testify after his lawyers abruptly quashed a previously scheduled deposition.
Although the civil investigation is separate from a criminal investigation conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Ms. James’ office has been implicated in both.
Earlier this year, former District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr gained access to the longtime real estate mogul’s tax records after a years-long fight that twice went to the US Supreme Court- United.