Former US President Donald Trump has failed to convince New York’s highest court to stop deposition in a state investigation into his family’s real estate business. That means Trump will have to testify next month.
In a brief order, the state Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal because “no substantive constitutional issue is directly involved.”
Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump are due to testify under oath beginning July 15 and continuing the following week, in the three-year civil investigation by State Attorney General Letitia James.
No immediate comment from Trump and James’ office was received, Reuters said.
Attorney Geneal James is investigating whether the Trump Organization misled lenders and tax authorities, inflating real estate values to get better loan terms and lowering those values to save on taxes.
Trumps argued in court that testifying would result in a violation of their constitutional rights. They said their remarks could be used against them in a related criminal investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
They had agreed to testify until the Court of Appeal granted a stay.
Trump, a Republican, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. He also called James’ investigation a politically motivated witch hunt and James a racist. James is a Democrat and black.
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