Ivanka Trump and Don Jr. REFUSE to comply with subpoena from Democrat New York AG Tish James in her civil investigation into whether their father inflated his property prices
- Trump’s eldest children were reportedly served on Dec. 1, the same day he was
- A Monday court filing by James and a Trump Organization lawyer indicated that both Ivanka and Don Jr. could take action to fight the subpoenas today
- James is seeking a deposition from Trump, who called probe a ‘witch hunt’
Donald Trump’s children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are refusing to comply with New York Attorney General Letitia James’ subpoena in her ongoing tax fraud investigation into their family business
They were served on December 1, the same day as their father, the New York Times reported.
Their participation in the civil probe was revealed in a Monday court filing by Trump Organization lawyers looking to block the former president and his children from speaking with James’ investigators.
A joint court filing by James and an attorney for the ex-president’s family business sought to update Ivanka and Donald Jr.’s status in the ongoing probe to ‘respondents.’
The filing also indicates they could take their own legal actions to fight James’ subpoenas as soon as Monday, ABC reported.
Trump has frequently dismissed both probes as ‘witch hunts’ and accused Vance and James of political motivations and urged them to focus on rising crime rates in New York City.
Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. will file motions to quash James’ subpoenas soon, it was reported
James has been looking into the Trump Organization for more than two years
For more than two years James has been looking into whether the Trump Organization committed fraud by misrepresenting the value of Trump’s real estate assets in statements to banks and tax authorities.
Her team questioned his youngest adult child, Eric Trump, in October 2020.
James said she was seeking a deposition from Trump as part of her civil probe, which began in March 2019 while he was still in the White House.
James is also working alongside Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in his office’s ongoing criminal fraud probe into the Trump Organization.
That investigation has already produced charges against the Trump Organization’s Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg as well as the Trump Payroll Corporation.
Weisselberg pleaded not guilty to charges that he and the company evaded taxes on exorbitant gifts and benefits for executives.
The former president’s three adult children joined the family company some time after college and long held senior roles and influence.
Ivanka resigned from the Trump Organization in January 2017, roughly two months before becoming her father’s White House adviser.
Eric and Donald Jr. were handed control of the company when Trump took office along with Weisselberg.
Last month the former president filed a lawsuit against James in a bid to stop her investigation.
His lawyers claim he and his family have been subjected to James’ ‘bitter crusade’ and accuse her of ‘bombarding’ them with subpoenas.
James’ office responded in a statement that ‘no one is above the law.’
‘The Trump Organization has continually sought to delay our investigation into its business dealings and now Donald Trump and his namesake company have filed a lawsuit as an attempted collateral attack on that investigation,’ James said.
‘To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization get to dictate if and where they will answer for their actions. Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law, not even someone with the name Trump.’
Trump hit back at James that same afternoon, accusing her of being ‘nothing but a corrupt official doing the dirty work of your party.’
‘Tell Letitia that she is not dealing with the Cuomo brothers, a corrupt Governor in a corrupt state, including your office and others, and Fredo, who did the Governor’s dirty work for him. Despite many years of investigation that nobody else could have survived even if they did things just slightly wrong, yours is just a continuation of the political Witch Hunt that has gone on against me by the Radical Left Democrats for years,’ the ex-president fumed.
‘This is not about delay, this is about our Constitution! You are nothing but a corrupt official doing the dirty work of your party. You should not be in office. This could well be the reason you were just rejected by the people of NY in your inept run for governor. You didn’t quit for a higher purpose, you quit because your poll numbers were atrocious—you didn’t have a chance. New York got lucky!’
James had announced a run for governor of New York before suspending her campaign to once again mount a bid for the Attorney General’s office to continue her investigation.