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Former President Trump arrived at New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office Wednesday morning for a deposition in the civil investigation into the Trump family’s business practices.
Trump is set to sit down with attorneys from the state attorney general’s office behind-closed-doors, just days after the FBI raided his home at Mar-a-Lago, as part of an unrelated federal investigation involving the National Archives and Records Administration and classified materials the former president allegedly took with him from the White House to Palm Beach, Fla., when he left office in January 2021.
“In New York City tonight. Seeing racist N.Y.S. Attorney General tomorrow, for a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history!” Trump wrote on his TRUTH Social late Tuesday night. “My great company, and myself, are being attacked from all sides. Banana Republic!”
The former president is the last member of the family to be deposed as part of the investigation. Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were deposed earlier this month. All three depositions were expected to take place last month, but Trump’s lawyers had asked for a delay, after the unexpected passing of Ivana Trump, Trump’s first wife and the mother of his 3 eldest children, on July 14. The depositions had been scheduled to take place the next day.
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A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The AG’s office did not confirm nor deny the information and declined to comment.
James’ office has been conducting a civil investigation into the Trump Organization to find out whether Trump and his company improperly inflated the value of assets on financial statements in order to obtain loans and tax benefits.
Those financial dealings that the NY AG believes could have been potentially fraudulent include properties such as Trump’s estate Seven Springs in Westchester, New York, 40 Wall Street, and his residence at Trump Tower in New York City.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has said the investigation is politically motivated and a “witch hunt.”
Trump’s office, in a Wednesday morning press release, shared a video on Rumble that said: “Abusing the attorney general’s office to attack President Trump.”
The video shows James with a supporter saying: “Please sue him for us,: and James responding: “Oh we’re going to definitely sue him. We’re going to be a real pain in the a—.”
The video shows another clip of James saying she “will never be afraid to challenge this illegitimate president.”
“We need to focus on Donald Trump,” James says in another clip. “We need to follow his money.”
The video ends with another clip of James during her campaign saying: “This illegitimate president—I look forward to going into the office of the attorney general every day, suing him, and then going home.”
Meanwhile, simultaneously, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings. That investigation was launched by former Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance in 2019 and was focused on possible bank, insurance and tax fraud.
The case involved financial dealings of Trump’s Manhattan properties, including his flagship Fifth Avenue building, Trump Tower, and the valuation of his 213-acre estate Seven Springs in Westchester.
Earlier this year, the new Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg stopped pursuing charges against former President Trump and suspended the investigation “indefinitely,” one of the top prosecutors who resigned from the office said in his resignation letter–but disagreed with the decision.
But a a spokesperson for Bragg insisted the probe “continues.”
“A team of experienced prosecutors is working every day to follow the facts and the law,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “There is nothing we can or should say at this juncture about an ongoing investigation.”
In that case, a source familiar with the investigation pointed Fox News Digital, specifically, to Trump’s “Statement of Financial Condition,” which reports an entity’s assets, liabilities and abilities to raise and use funds.
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The source told Fox News Digital that Trump did not inflate his financial statements, as prosecutors had anticipated, but instead, undervalued his assets.
The source also told Fox News that Trump never defaulted on payments to banks, and said his statement of financial condition included “caveats” which “refuted” claims by the DA’s office.
The probe led to tax fraud charges last July against The Trump Organization, and its finance chief Allen Weisselberg.
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Weisselberg was accused of collecting more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation, including apartment rent, car payments and school tuition.
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Both Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have pleaded not guilty.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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