Donald Trump’s children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are refusing to comply with New York Attorney General Letitia James’ subpoena in her investigation over whether their father committed fraud by misrepresenting his company’s asset values, according to ABC.
Their participation in the civil probe was revealed in a Monday court filing by Trump Organization lawyers looking to block Trump and his children from speaking with James’ investigators.
James’ office told DailyMail.com in a statement on Monday, ‘As her investigation into financial dealing of the Trump Organization continues, Attorney General James is seeking interviews under oath of Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump. Despite numerous attempts to delay our investigation by the Trump Organization, we are confident that our questions will be answered and the truth will be uncovered because no one is above the law.’
A joint court filing by James and an attorney for the ex-president’s family business sought to update Ivanka and Donald Jr.’s status in the ongoing probe to ‘respondents.’
The filing also indicates they could take their own legal actions to fight James’ subpoenas as soon as Monday.
Trump has frequently dismissed both probes as ‘witch hunts’ and accused Vance and James of political motivations and urged them to focus on rising crime rates in New York City.
They were served on December 1, the same day as the former president, the New York Times reported.
Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. will file motions to quash James’ subpoenas soon, it was reported
James has been looking into the Trump Organization for more than two years
For more than two years James has been looking into whether the Trump Organization committed fraud by misrepresenting the value of Trump’s real estate assets in statements to banks and tax authorities.
Her team questioned his youngest adult child, Eric Trump, in October 2020.
James said she was seeking a deposition from Trump as part of her civil probe, which began in March 2019 while he was still in the White House.
James is also working alongside Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in his office’s ongoing criminal fraud probe into the Trump Organization.
That investigation has already produced charges against the Trump Organization’s Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg as well as the Trump Payroll Corporation.
Weisselberg pleaded not guilty to charges that he and the company evaded taxes on exorbitant gifts and benefits for executives.
The former president’s three adult children joined the family company some time after college and long held senior roles and influence.
Ivanka resigned from the Trump Organization in January 2017, roughly two months before becoming her father’s White House adviser.
Trump responded to James’ statement announcing her investigation will go on unabated
Eric and Donald Jr. were handed control of the company when Trump took office along with Weisselberg.
Last month the former president filed a lawsuit against James in a bid to stop her investigation.
His lawyers claim he and his family have been subjected to James’ ‘bitter crusade’ and accuse her of ‘bombarding’ them with subpoenas.
James’ office responded in a statement that ‘no one is above the law.’
‘The Trump Organization has continually sought to delay our investigation into its business dealings and now Donald Trump and his namesake company have filed a lawsuit as an attempted collateral attack on that investigation,’ James said.
‘To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization get to dictate if and where they will answer for their actions. Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law, not even someone with the name Trump.’
Trump hit back at James that same afternoon, accusing her of being ‘nothing but a corrupt official doing the dirty work of your party.’
Eric Trump (left) watches his older brother speak during a ‘Keep Iowa Great’ press conference in February 2020. He spoke with James’ investigators in October of that year
‘Tell Letitia that she is not dealing with the Cuomo brothers, a corrupt Governor in a corrupt state, including your office and others, and Fredo, who did the Governor’s dirty work for him. Despite many years of investigation that nobody else could have survived even if they did things just slightly wrong, yours is just a continuation of the political Witch Hunt that has gone on against me by the Radical Left Democrats for years,’ the ex-president fumed.
‘This is not about delay, this is about our Constitution! You are nothing but a corrupt official doing the dirty work of your party. You should not be in office. This could well be the reason you were just rejected by the people of NY in your inept run for governor. You didn’t quit for a higher purpose, you quit because your poll numbers were atrocious—you didn’t have a chance. New York got lucky!’
James had announced a run for governor of New York before suspending her campaign to once again mount a bid for the Attorney General’s office to continue her investigation.
Meanwhile, as of Thursday, New York City had recorded 481 murders, which have been fueled by an increase in gun crime, according to city data.
The last time the city hit more than 500 murders was 2011, under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when homicides ended up totaling 515.
Murders have gone up in New York City each of the last three years, with numbers hitting a 10-year high in 2021
The rest of the decade had seen a sharp decrease in murders, going down to 419 in 2012 and heading as low as 292 in 2017 under now former Mayor Bill de Blasio.
But the numbers have climbed since, up to 462 in 2020 during the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city, which also saw stores hit by looting, and riots in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
Those numbers have continued to go up this year, even as the city reopens, and are on pace to hit 10-year highs and the numbers continue to increase of late.
Between November 28 and December 26, homicides were double what they were in the same period last year, with 41 murders compared to 24 in 2020.
Overall, crime has risen 6.13 percent in New York City over 2020 through December 26.
The biggest rise came in felony assaults like the ones previously mentioned, which rose 9.6 percent from 2020.
Murders (4.1 percent), shooting victims (0.6 percent), rapes (3.3 percent), and robberies (4.7 percent) have also risen this year.