Former US President Donald Trump arrived at the New York Attorney General’s office in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday, where he is scheduled to testify as part of a civil investigation into his family’s business practices.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether the Trump Organization inflated property values.
Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, fought to avoid testimony but lost.
Trump raised his fist as he exited Trump Tower Wednesday morning wearing a blue suit with a flag pin on the lapel.
Late Tuesday, Trump said in a post on his app Truth Social that he would see the New York Attorney General on Wednesday.
A source also told Reuters that Trump is scheduled to testify in the inquest on Wednesday.
Trump’s children have already been questioned, the source said.
The deposit will not be public.
A spokeswoman for James declined to comment. A Trump attorney did not respond to requests for comment.
James said their investigation found significant evidence that the Trump Organization, which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate, overvalued assets to obtain cheap credit and undervalued values to obtain tax breaks.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and called the New York investigation politically motivated. Jacob is a Democrat.
“Tonight in New York City. Seeing The Racist NYS Attorney Tomorrow To Continue The Greatest Witch Hunt In US History! My great company and myself are being attacked from all sides. Banana Republic!” Trump said in a post on Truth Social late Tuesday.
It’s unclear how much Trump will say during the testimony.
According to a person familiar with the matter, he may decline to answer questions on the grounds that he could incriminate himself.
But the testimony could help determine where the probe is going. No case was submitted.
Separately, the FBI searched Trump’s Florida home Monday, an escalation of the federal investigation into whether he illegally removed records from the White House when he left office in January 2021.
Trump has publicly flirted with the question of running for president again in 2024, but has not made it clear if he will.
The search warrant for Trump’s Florida estate references the National Archives and Records Administration, which is tasked with keeping public records of the president, and whether it disclosed classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida a person familiar with the matter.
Trump has had to deal with a series of legal issues since leaving office after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 to reverse his election loss.
Trump continues to falsely claim that the election was stolen through widespread voter fraud.
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