Court rejects Trump’s final effort to avoid testifying before the New York AG

The New York Court of Appeals has turned down efforts by former President Donald Trump as he attempted to avoid sitting for a deposition for the New York attorney general’s investigation into his business practices.

According to The Washington Examiner, the decision was handed down on Tuesday when the state’s highest court rejected the appeal of a prior appellate court ruling.

The lower court ordered Trump to comply with the request for a deposition on the state attorney general’s investigation next month.

“On the Court’s own motion, appeal dismissed, without costs, upon the ground that no substantial constitutional question is directly involved. Motion for a stay dismissed as academic,” the court wrote.

Via the Examiner:

“Trump sought a stay from the high court to block the appellate court ruling temporarily, but the state appeals court said there was no “substantial constitutional question” to that ruling. Trump also requested a stay of the subpoena, but the court rejected that as well, underscoring the fact it was not considering his appeal.

“James has been conducting a civil inquiry into the business practices of the Trump Organization and has sought testimony from Trump. As of last week, the former president, along with two of his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, were slated to testify July 15 unless the appeals court swooped in, per court filings.”

The verdict by the state’s supreme court on Tuesday is the latest in a series of legal setbacks for the former president. In April, he was sentenced to a $10,000-per-day contempt of court penalty for failing to turn over vital papers from his company that James’ office had subpoenaed – a charge he unsuccessfully challenged in court.

He was fined $110,000 for contempt last month after handing up some of the documents James had subpoenaed in apparent compliance with the court order.

Then came the verdict of the appellate court, which found that James’s office had the legal right to compel him to answer questions for her investigation.

The Washington Examiner reached out to both James and Trump’s representatives for comment, and the former president had a negative response to the investigation.

Trump has slammed James’ investigation as politically motivated and denied any misconduct, describing it as a “witch hunt.” James has been adamant in her pursuit of subpoenas from him in court.

Trump has consistently insisted that the investigation on the part of James is due to political bias, outside of any real belief that laws were broken.

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