Jun 15, 2022 - Politics & Policy

N.Y.'s highest court rejects Trump bid to avoid testifying in civil probe

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Former President Trump speaks at a rally on May 28 in Casper, Wyo. Photo: Chet Strange via Getty Images

New York's highest court rejected former President Trump's attempt to avoid testifying in state Attorney General Letitia James' civil investigation into his business.

Why it matters: James has alleged that the Trump Organization "used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits." The former president and his two elder children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., are scheduled to testify under oath on July 15.

What they're saying: The New York Court of Appeals said Tuesday that no "substantial constitutional question" would justify its intervention.

The big picture: Trump, who claims the investigation is politically motivated, had previously made an unsuccessful bid to sue James in a separate effort to stop the probe.

  • A spokesperson for the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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