N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James moved her civil investigation of the Trump administration a little bit closer as 2022 gets underway, subpoenaing two of his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump. Each served in executive positions in his administration and have refused to comply with the subpoena.
“Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump are trying to stop my office from interviewing them under oath as part of our investigation into the Trump Organization and Mr. Trump,” James tweeted. “Over two years of delay tactics won’t stop our investigation because no one is above the law.”
Her quest to get testimony from them became public after the Trump administration’s lawyers attempted to block the attorney general’s request. The Trumps were served on Dec. 1 several months after Eric Trump, the third child, was ordered to testify after the failure of his lawsuit.
James is living up to her promise to investigate the claims that Trump inflated the value of his business empire in order to get loans and subsequently devalued it to lower its taxes.
It remains to be seen if the next move by James will renew her subpoena of Trump himself that provoked him to sue her, with him charging that she was violating his constitutional rights. In her quest to get a deposition from Trump, he has called it a “witch hunt.”
The attorney general’s probe is akin to the inquiry launched by Cyrus Vance, the former Manhattan DA and one that Alvin Bragg, the new D.A., has promised to continue.