On Tuesday, New York’s highest court rejected the last-ditch effort of former U.S. Pres. Donald Trump to avoid testifying in the civil investigation being run by the state attorney general. The said investigation is looking into the former president’s business practices, which would clear the way for his deposition in July.
New York’s Court of Appeals stated that no “substantial constitutional question” exists that would call for its intervention in the issue following a ruling in the intermediate appellate court last month, which enforces a subpoena for the former president’s testimony.
The court also dismissed a motion made by Trump’s attorneys to stay the mentioned subpoenas, describing the act of doing so as “academic” because it was not taking up Trump’s appeal in the first place.
Last week, the former president, along with his two eldest kids, Ivanka and Donald Jr., agreed to respond to questions under oath from July 15 unless the Court of Appeals would step in.
On May 26, the appellate division of New York’s trial court ruled that the Trump family needed to undergo a deposition. This upholds the ruling of a lower court, saying that James’ office had “the clear right” to question the former president, significant figures in his company, and the Trump Organization itself.
According to James, her investigation, which has been going on for three years, managed to uncover evidence implying that the Trump Organization exaggerated the value of its assets. Such assets include golf courses, skyscrapers, and even his famous Manhattan penthouse so that they can get loans, insurance, and tax breaks that are used on land donations.
A lawyer for her office told a judge last month that evidence could support legal action against the former president, his company or both, though the attorney said no decision had been made.
Trump has decried the investigation as part of a politically motivated “witch hunt” against him.