WASHINGTON: Former US President Donald Asset said Wednesday that he declined to answer questions during an appearance before the New York State Attorney General in a civil investigation into his family’s business practices.
“I declined to answer questions about the rights and privileges granted to every citizen under the Constitution of the United States,” Trump said in a statement.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether the Trump Organization has inflated real estate values. Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, fought to avoid testifying but lost. Trump raised his fist as he left Trump Tower on Wednesday morning, wearing a blue suit with a pin on his lapel.
Late Tuesday, Trump said in a post on his Truth Social app that he would see the New York attorney general on Wednesday. A source also told Reuters that Trump was due to testify in the inquest on Wednesday. Trump’s children have already been questioned, the source said.
The deposition will not be public.
A spokeswoman for James declined to comment. A lawyer for Trump did not respond to requests for comment.
James said his investigation found significant evidence that the Trump Organization, which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate, had overstated the value of assets to obtain favorable loans and understated the values ​​for get tax relief.
Trump denied any wrongdoing and called the New York investigation politically motivated. James is a Democrat.
Separately, the FBI searched Trump’s estate in Florida on Monday, an escalation of the federal probe into whether he unlawfully removed White House records as he left office in January 2021.
Trump has publicly flirted with the question of running for president again in 2024, but hasn’t made it clear whether he will.
The search warrant for Trump’s estate in Florida concerns the National Archives and Records Administration, which is responsible for protecting presidential records that belong to the public, and whether there were any classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago complex in Palm Beach, Florida, according to someone familiar with the matter.
Trump has faced a host of legal issues since leaving office, after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in a failed attempt to overturn his electoral defeat. Trump continues to falsely claim the election was stolen by widespread voter fraud.

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