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A judge on Wednesday ordered Eric Trump to comply with a subpoena to testify before the presidential election in a New York probe into the Trump family business.

The state of play: New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) last month said her office had filed a lawsuit to compel the Trump Organization to comply with subpoenas related to an investigation into whether President Trump and his company improperly inflated the value of its assets on financial statements.

  • The investigation was launched after the president's former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified to Congress that Trump inflated and deflated his net worth at various times in order to obtain tax benefits and more favorable terms for loans.

Context: Lawyers for Eric Trump said the president's middle son had agreed to testify, but only after the election. They said his “extreme travel schedule” warranted the delay.

  • The New York attorney general's office argued that “Mr. Trump shouldn’t be able to profit from his own dilatory conduct here.”
  • A state judge on Wednesday said that he found Eric Trump's argument "unpersuasive."

What's next: Eric Trump must testify before Oct. 7, per the judge's order, which added that the probe and court are “bound by the timelines of the national election.”

The big picture: The attorney general's investigation is one of several probes that Trump and his company are facing as he seeks re-election in November, including a criminal inquiry led by the Manhattan district attorney.

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Oct 23, 2020 - Technology

Zuckerberg, Dorsey testifying at Senate Judiciary after election

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17, the panel announced Friday.

The big picture Conservatives are angry that Twitter and Facebook made moves to limit the spread of the New York Post's controversial Hunter Biden coverage, and authorized subpoenas for their testimony this week.

Oct 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner threaten to sue Lincoln Project

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Lawyers for the Lincoln Project said Saturday they're "ready to defend against any frivolous lawsuit" from White House senior advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner after they threatened legal action over two billboards in New York City.

Driving the news: A lawyer for President Trump's elder daughter and son-in-law said in a letter to the group of anti-Trump Republicans they would sue if the "false, malicious and defamatory" billboards in Times Square relating to the COVID-19 pandemic were not taken down.

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