Trump Jr., Don Jr., and Ivanka are scheduled to appear in July for the N.Y. Fraud Probe

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The New York Attorney General’s long-sought interviews with Donald Trump and two of his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, are scheduled for July 15.

Attorneys representing the three parties and New York Attorney Letitia James stated in court filing Wednesday, that they had agreed on the date to take sworn statements in James’ broad-ranging civil fraud investigation. According to the agreement, the depositions are expected to conclude within the week. They noted that the Trumps have until June 13 to appeal the court order that mandated the depositions.

On May 26, New York’s Appellate Division, First Judicial Department found that a lower court judge correctly ruled that the Trumps’ fear that their depositions might end up being used in a parallel criminal investigation did not shield them from subpoenas.

” The existence of criminal investigations does not prevent civil discovery of similar facts at which a person may exercise the privilege of self-incrimination,” said the appeals panel.

An attorney representing Donald Trump said they would “probably” appeal this decision to New York’s highest court. It is the Court of Appeals.

” Of course, I disagree with their decision,” Fischetti stated.

The Trumps challenged subpoenas that were sent to them in December asking for “testimony” and other documents as part of an inquiry into Donald J. Trump’s valuation of property owned or controlled or by the Trump Organization or any other matter the Attorney General considers relevant. Trump’s attorneys and Trump have accused James repeatedly of using the investigation against him to pursue political goals.

But the appellate panel wrote that James’ office began its investigation appropriately after March 2019 congressional testimony by former Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen raised questions about potentially “fraudulent financial statements. “

“(The Attorney General’s Office began their investigation following public testimony by a corporate insider. They reviewed substantial volumes of evidence and then issued the subpoenas.” the judges stated.

The attorneys for James’ office indicated at multiple hearings over the past month that their investigation was nearing completion and may result in an “enforcement order in the near future”. The attorneys haven’t elaborated on the possible enforcement.

Graham Kates

Graham Kates, an investigative reporter for CBS News Digital covering privacy and criminal justice issues. Contact Graham at KatesG@cbsnews.com or grahamkates@protonmail.com

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