No response from Trump during deposition on real estate cases | New
NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to answer questions from the New York Attorney General’s office in the latest twist in an ongoing civil investigation into his real estate business.
“Under the advice of my attorney … I have declined to answer questions about the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the Constitution of the United States,” the former Manhattan mogul said in a statement after citing his Fifth Amendment rights.
“This is a vindictive and self-serving expedition, the like of which this country has never seen before,” he continued. “The United States Constitution exists for this very purpose, and I will use it to the fullest to defend against this malicious attack.”
Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. previously fought a February order by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron requiring them to be questioned under oath as part of the New York Attorney General’s investigation, Letitia James, on the Trump Organization.
But an appeals court ruled in May that Trump and his two children must sit down for questioning.
“Seeing the racist NYS Attorney General tomorrow, for the prosecution of the greatest witch hunt in US history!” Trump wrote on his Truth Social account on Tuesday. “My big business and I are under attack from all sides. Banana Republic!
The former president was seen leaving Trump Tower in Midtown around 8:30 a.m., according to a New York Times live blog. He waved at a few onlookers, some chanting aloud “Lock him up!” before getting into a black Suburban.
Half an hour later, his motorcade arrived in midtown Manhattan at the Liberty St. office of the New York Attorney General. Secret Service agents and NYPD officers were stationed outside the attorney general’s office as Trump’s Suburban rolled through a parking lot.
An email to the attorney general’s office commenting on the deposition was not immediately returned Wednesday.
Trump’s deposition comes two days after FBI executed search warrant
at the former commander-in-chief’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, as part of an investigation into the handling of presidential and classified documents that may have been removed from the White House, according to reports.
Trump, who was in New York when the raid took place, confirmed that FBI agents searched the sprawling waterfront complex and even “broke into my safe.”
James is investigating whether Trump and his children broke the law by serially manipulating the value of his properties to obtain loans, tax breaks and other benefits.
Trump and his family have long argued that James’ investigation was an improper fishing expedition and that she was unfairly in cahoots with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who is conducting a parallel criminal investigation into Trump’s business practices. Trump organization.