Donald Trump’s children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. refuse to comply with New York Attorney General Letitia James’ subpoena as part of her investigation into whether their father committed fraud by distorting the value of his company’s assets, according to ABC.
Their involvement in the civil investigation was revealed Monday by lawyers for the Trump Organization seeking to prevent Trump and his children from speaking with James’ investigators.
James’ office told DailyMail.com in a statement Monday: “As his investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial transactions continues, Attorney General James seeks sworn interviews with Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump: Despite numerous attempts to delay our investigation by the Trump Organization, we are confident that our questions will be answered and that the truth will be uncovered because no one is above the law.
A joint court record of James and an attorney for the ex-president’s family business sought to update the status of Ivanka and Donald Jr. in the ongoing investigation of the “respondents.”
The file also says they could take their own legal actions to fight James’ subpoenas as early as Monday.
Ivanka Trump walks in Miami Beach, Florida on Monday after being subpoenaed in New York criminal investigation into Trump’s business affairs
Former President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka pictured in training gear in Miami on Monday afternoon
Trump has frequently called both investigations a “witch hunt” and accused Vance and James of politically motivated and urged them to focus on rising crime rates in New York City.
They were served on December 1, the same day the former president was served, The New York Times reported.
For more than two years, James has been investigating whether the Trump Organization has committed fraud by misrepresenting the value of Trump’s real estate assets in its statements to banks and tax authorities.
His team interviewed his youngest adult child, Eric Trump, in October 2020.
James said she was seeking a statement from Trump as part of his civilian investigation, which began in March 2019 while he was still in the White House.
Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. (left) will soon file motions to quash the subpoenas of New York Attorney General Leita James, new report reveals
James has been studying the Trump Organization for more than two years
James is also working alongside Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in his office’s criminal fraud investigation into the Trump organization.
The investigation has previously led to accusations against Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, as well as the Trump Payroll Corporation.
Weisselberg has pleaded not guilty to charges that he and the company evaded taxes on exorbitant gifts and benefits for executives.
The former president’s three grown children joined the family business sometime after college and have long held leadership and influential positions.
Ivanka resigned from the Trump Organization in January 2017, about two months before becoming her father’s White House adviser.
Trump responded to James’ statement that his investigation would continue unabated
Eric and Donald Jr. took control of the company when Trump took office with Weisselberg.
Last month, the former president filed a lawsuit against James in an attempt to stop his investigation.
His lawyers claim he and his family were subjected to James’ “bitter crusade” and accuse him 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 trade relationship and now Donald Trump and his namesake company have filed a complaint as an attempted collateral attack on this investigation,” James said.
“To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization can dictate whether and where they will answer for their actions. Our investigation will continue without being discouraged because no one is above the law, not even someone called Trump.
Trump hit back at James the same afternoon, accusing him of being “nothing more than a corrupt official doing your party’s dirty work.”
Eric Trump (left) watches his older brother speak at a “Keep Iowa Great” press conference in February 2020. He spoke to James’ investigators in October of that year.
“Tell Letitia she’s 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 no one else could have survived even if they had done things a little wrong, yours is just a continuation of the political witch hunt that has been waged against me. by radical left Democrats for years, “said the angry ex-president.
“It’s not about delay, it’s about our Constitution! You are nothing but a corrupt official doing your party’s dirty work. You shouldn’t be in office. This just might be the reason why you have just been rejected by the people of New York in your inept race for governor. You didn’t quit for a higher purpose, you quit because your poll results were excruciating – you didn’t stand a chance. New York was lucky! ‘
James had announced his candidacy for governor of New York before suspending his campaign to once again mount a bid for the attorney general’s office to continue its investigation.
Meanwhile, as of Thursday, New York City had recorded 481 murders, which were fueled by an increase in gun crime, according to city data.
The last time the city struck more than 500 murders was in 2011, under then-mayor Michael Bloomberg, when homicides totaled 515.
Murders have risen in New York in each of the past three years, with numbers peaking in 10 years in 2021
The rest of the decade had seen a sharp decrease in murders, dropping to 419 in 2012 and 292 in 2017 under former mayor Bill de Blasio.
But the numbers have since climbed, to 462 in 2020 during the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city, which also saw stores hit by looting and riots following the murder of George Floyd .
Those numbers have continued to rise this year, even as the city reopens, and are on track to reach 10-year highs and the numbers continue to rise in recent times.
Between November 28 and December 26, homicides were double what they were in the same period last year, with 41 murders compared to 24 in 2020.
Overall, crime increased 6.13% in New York City between 2020 and December 26.
The largest increase was in criminal assaults like the ones mentioned earlier, which increased 9.6% from 2020.
Murders (4.1%), gunshot victims (0.6%), rapes (3.3%) and thefts (4.7%) also increased this year.