The president’s son must answer questions under oath by Oct. 7 in an investigation into the family’s real estate business.
A state judge on Wednesday ordered Eric Trump to answer questions under oath by early October in an investigation into the family’s real estate business by the New York attorney general’s office.
“The court’s order today makes clear that no one is above the law, not even an organization or an individual with the name Trump,” New York Attorney General Tish James said in a statement.
James’ office is looking into whether the Trump organization fraudulently represented the value of its assets to get more favorable loans and tax benefits. Eric Trump has overseen the day-to-day operations of the Trump Organization while his father is serving in the White House.
Lawyers for the president’s son said last week that he would sit for an interview, provided it was scheduled after the election in November, and suggested a handful of “reasonable” post-election dates for such a meeting.
Eric Trump’s lawyers argued the interview should be put off until after the election so as to not impinge on his travel schedule — he is a campaign surrogate for President Donald Trump — or risk having the deposition weaponized for political purposes.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron rejected Trump’s request and instead ordered him to undergo deposition by Oct. 7.
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