Two of the children of former US President Donald Trump have refused to testify in a court case involving their father.
The case relates to accusations of financial corruption, in connection with the family’s business and the projects in which it has invested.
Donald Jr., 44, and Ivanka, 40, Trump’s two sons, refused to comply with New York State Attorney General Letita James’ request to testify.
In 2019, Letita opened a civil lawsuit in which he accused Trump of inflating the value of his wealth, to request bank loans, before he took office.
Trump’s defense team is seeking to prevent the public prosecutor from questioning him personally or any of his sons, and has called on the judiciary to stop what the team described as an “unconstitutional and unprecedented” attempt to question him.
Trump filed a lawsuit against Letita last month, accusing the Democratic attorney general-elect of turning the case into a witch’s trap to settle political scores against him as a former Republican president.
Letita demanded that Trump testify in person, in her office, before Friday.
Monday’s court ruling is the first in which the judiciary has required Trump’s two sons to testify under oath.
“We are confident that our request will be met, and the truth will be revealed, because no one is above the law,” a spokesman for the public prosecutor said.
Another son of Trump, Eric, 37, who serves as the vice president of the Trump Organization, was questioned at the end of 2020.
This case is separate as a civil lawsuit from another criminal case being heard in a Manhattan court regarding the financial practices of the Trump Organization.
When Trump became president of the United States in 2017, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump took over the Trump Organization, with Allen Wesselberg, chief financial officer.
Ivanka was also working at the foundation until she took over as a leadership advisor in her father’s White House administration.
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