New York’s highest state court Tuesday dismissed former President Donald Trump and his children’s request to avoid questioning by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The questioning is a part of the Attorney General’s civil investigation into allegations that the Trump organization engaged in financial fraud. Donald, Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump must now testify.
The decision from the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s court of last resort, means the Trumps must comply with James’s subpoenas and sit for questioning. The court dismissed the Trumps’ appeal and motion for a stay, noting that there was “no substantial constitutional question” directly involved.
The investigation began back in 2019 when former executive and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testified to Congress that the Trump Organization issued fraudulent financial statements. As a part of the investigation, James subpoenaed documents and testimony from the Trumps. The Trumps moved to quash the subpoenas, but a lower court held that James had “the clear right” to question the Trumps. A New York appeals court upheld the subpoenas in May.
Trump and his children agreed last week to sit for questioning with the New York Attorney General’s Office as soon as July 15.