The Washington Examiner revealed on Thursday that Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump have both provided testimony to the New York Attorney General’s Office.
Questions about Trump’s business practices
Donald Trump Jr. is said to have testified last week while Ivanka Trump did so on Wednesday. Neither is reported to have invoked their right to be free from self-incrimination under the 5th Amendment.
While the paper noted that no details regarding what the pair testified about are known, state Attorney General Letitia James is conducting a civil inquiry into the Trump family’s business practices.
It added that the siblings’ father, former President Donald Trump, is expected to provide testimony at some point later this month.
While Trump had attempted to avoid testifying, the New York Court of Appeals issued a ruling in June quashing his efforts.
“On the Court’s own motion, appeal dismissed, without costs, upon the ground that no substantial constitutional question is directly involved,” it stated.
The former president’s testimony will be the latest chapter in a part of a years-long investigation that James first initiated in 2019 after his one-time attorney, Michael Cohen, testified before Congress.
Cohn told lawmakers that the Trump Organization frequently manipulated the value of its assets in order to reduce the company’s tax burden.
The Examiner noted that James is not the only official in New York who is looking into the former president’s business practices, as he also faces a criminal investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg that was initiated by his predecessor, Cyrus Vance.
Georgia grand jury looking into 2021 phone call
While that investigation is also tied to Trump’s business practices, he faces a separate criminal investigation in Georgia relating to the 2020 election.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a special grand jury has been convened to consider whether Trump violated state law during a telephone call on January 2, 2021 with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
During their conversation, Trump asked Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes,” which would have been a sufficient number of ballots to overcome Joe Biden’s margin of victory in the state.