New York Court Rules Trump Must Testify In Civil Investigation 8,278 views May 27, 2022 A New York appeals court has ruled that former President Trump must testify for the state's investigation into his business practices. NBC's Ken Dilanian has details.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices, a state appeals court ruled Thursday, rejecting his argument that he be excused from testifying because his answers could be used in a parallel criminal probe.
A four-judge panel in the appellate division of the state’s trial court upheld Judge Arthur Engoron’s Feb. 17 ruling, which enforced subpoenas requiring that Trump and his two eldest children — Ivanka and Donald Jr. — give deposition testimony in Attorney General Letitia James’ probe.
“The existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude civil discovery of related facts, at which a party may exercise the privilege against self-incrimination,” the appellate panel wrote, citing the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and other legal protections for witnesses.
Lawyers for the Trumps agreed in March that they would sit for depositions within 14 days of an appellate panel decision upholding Engoron’s ruling. They could also appeal the decision to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, delaying the matter and the Trumps’ potential testimony indefinitely.
A message seeking comment was left with lawyers for the Trumps.
James lauded the ruling, which came just two weeks after the appellate panel heard oral arguments in the case. She tweeted that her investigation “will continue undeterred because no one is above the law.”
“Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our lawful investigation into his financial dealings,” James said in a written statement. “We will continue to follow the facts of this case and ensure that no one can evade the law.”
James has said her investigation has uncovered evidence Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, used “fraudulent or misleading” valuations of assets like golf courses and skyscrapers to get loans and tax benefits. Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. have both been executives in the Trump Organization and are among their father’s most trusted allies.
The appellate panel, in its ruling, described the investigation as focusing on whether the Trumps “committed persistent fraud in their financial practices and disclosures.”
Trump, a Republican, denies the allegations and has said James’ investigation in part of a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
In appealing Engoron’s subpoena ruling, his lawyers argued that James, a Democrat, was engaging in “selective prosecution.” The appellate panel rejected that, saying the investigation was on solid legal footing and that the Trumps showed no evidence they or their company were “treated differently” than other companies under similar scrutiny.
Feds Escalate Probe: Trump Ally Navarro Hit With Subpoena After MAGA Plot Admission 17,775 views Jun 1, 2022 Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro has been hit with a criminal subpoena in a major escalation in the Department of Justice’s insurrection probe. The DOJ demands Navarro face a grand jury and provide prosecutors with any records he has related to Jan. 6. MSNBC’s Ari Melber reports on the major development in the probe and explains how the DOJ may indict Navarro for his defiance after he admitted to a plot to overturn the 2020 election on The Beat.
A federal grand jury has indicted Peter Navarro, a former Trump White House adviser, on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas from the House Jan. 6 select committee.
The two misdemeanor counts stem from his failure to comply with demands for documents and testimony in the panel’s investigation.
Navarro was indicted on Thursday, and the indictment was unsealed on Friday.
It’s unclear if former President Trump’s former trade adviser had been arrested following his indictment. According to court records unsealed Friday, a federal judge had ordered that the case remain sealed until an arrest warrant could be executed.
Navarro is expected to make an initial court appearance Friday afternoon.
The House voted to hold Navarro in contempt in April, referring him to the Justice Department for criminal charges.
If convicted, he faces the possibility of up to a year in jail and $100,000 in fines for each count.
The select committee subpoenaed Navarro in February, seeking documents and testimony about Trump allies’ efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the panel’s chairman, said in a letter to Navarro that lawmakers were seeking more information about his public claims that more than a hundred lawmakers were on board with those efforts.
“And, because you have already discussed these and other relevant issues in your recently published book, in interviews with reporters, and, among other places, on a podcast, we look forward to discussing them with you, too,” Thompson wrote.
The former White House aide also revealed this week that he had been served a grand jury subpoena as part of the Justice Department’s own investigation — a sign that federal law enforcement has begun scrutinizing the highest levels of the Trump administration.
Trump, Ivanka And Don Jr. To Testify On July 15 For New York Civil Investigation 5,700 views Jun 9, 2022 Former President Trump and his children, Ivanka and Donald Jr., are scheduled to testify in the New York attorney general's civil investigation on July 15.