President Trump’s son Eric will testify via video link on Monday before New York state investigators who are probing the Trump Organization’s business dealings, according to court papers.
Lawyers for Eric Trump — the president’s third child and executive vice president of the Trump Organization — unsuccessfully sought to delay his interview with New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office until after the Nov. 3 presidential election.
A federal judge last week rebuffed the request and gave the younger Trump until Oct. 7 to comply with the subpoena from the AG’s office, saying the presidential election and his “extreme travel schedule” were no excuse to postpone his testimony.
James is currently investigating whether the Trump Organization and the president improperly inflated the value of his assets on financial statements to get loans and tax benefits.
The Democratic AG went to a Supreme Court judge to enforce the subpoena after Eric Trump’s lawyers abruptly canceled a scheduled interview in July.
The deposition will not be made public and comes as the president and first lady both battle the coronavirus after being diagnosed with the disease on Thursday evening. Election Day is also in 29 days.
Trump and his company have been under investigation by the AG’s office since 2019 — when the president’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen testified before Congress that Trump exaggerated the value of his assets to help him get better terms on loans and insurance policies.
Investigators have issued seven subpoenas for documents and testimony, including from Eric Trump, relating to four Trump properties across the US, including Seven Springs Estate, the family’s 212-acre compound in Westchester County.
Trump’s financial dealings were in the headlines again last week when the New York Times published an investigation which said he paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017.
A spokesperson with the Trump Organization denied James’ charges that the company was stonewalling them in an August statement — and accused her office of politically motivated “harassment.”
“While we have tried to cooperate in good faith with the investigation at every turn, the NYAG’s continued harassment of the company as we approach the election (and filing of this motion on the first day of the Republican National Convention) once again confirms that this investigation is all about politics,” the rep said.