Former President Donald Trump experienced a legal setback this week after a New York court ruled against him.
Court rules that Trump and two of his children must testify in the AG’s investigation
According to The Hill, a four-judge panel for the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court decided on Thursday that Trump must provide testimony as part of an investigation into his company by state Attorney General Letitia James.
What’s more, the court found that requirement also extends to two of the former president’s children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
The Hill noted that Donald Trump Jr. currently serves as an executive vice president with the Trump Organization, while Ivanka Trump left the company in 2017.
In its unanimous ruling, the panel rejected a claim by Trump’s lawyers that the attorney general is simply targeting the former president and his children for political reasons.
It stated that James’ office “began its investigation after public testimony of a senior corporate insider and reviewed significant volumes of evidence before issuing the subpoenas.”
“Appellants have not identified any similarly implicated corporation that was not investigated or any executives of such a corporation who were not deposed,” the decision continued.
“Therefore, appellants have failed to demonstrate that they were treated differently from any similarly situated persons,” the judges concluded.
James campaigned in 2018 on a promise to investigate the then president
When running for office in 2018, James campaigned on a pledge to open an investigation into Trump’s business practices.
The Hill quoted a statement from her in which she welcomed Thursday’s decision, saying, “Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our lawful investigation into his financial dealings.”
“We will continue to follow the facts of this case and ensure that no one can evade the law,” the state attorney general went on to add.
However, The Hill also acknowledged that Trump may yet appeal to the state’s highest judicial body, the New York Court of Appeals.
What’s more, Trump has filed a separate lawsuit in federal court which is seeking to block James from carrying out her investigation.