US: Trump's son Eric ordered to testify in fraud probe


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The US President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump on Wednesday ordered that he most involved with running the family business, to be deposed by October 7 as part of an investigation over charges that the organization improperly inflated the value of real estate assets.

Letitia James, the Democratic attorney general of New York state who opened the inquiry, has been asking since May to question Eric Trump, 36, who has emerged as the helmsman of the Trump Organization since his father moved to the White House in early 2017.

However, a few weeks ago, Eric agreed to be questioned but added that he would be able to show up only if it is scheduled after the US elections — scheduled for November 03 — as he is too busy campaigning for his father.

After a court hearing on Wednesday, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled in favor of the attorney general, calling the younger Trump's arguments "unconvincing" and noting that "nor is this Court bound by the timelines of the national election."

"We will immediately move to ensure that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization comply with the court's order and submit financial records related to our investigation," said James.

"The court's order today makes clear that no one is above the law, not even an organization or an individual with the name Trump," she said.

The investigation is one of several legal proceedings involving Trump and his family.

Source: AFP


Publish : 2020-09-24 14:22:47

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