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New York high court rejects Trump appeal, clearing way for testimony

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s highest court on Tuesday dismissed former President Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to avoid testifying in the state attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices, opening the way for his deposition next month.

The state Court of Appeals said there was no ‘substantial constitutional issue’ that would warrant intervening in the case following a ruling by an interim appeals court last month. the latter imposing a subpoena for Trump’s testimony.

The court also denied a motion by Trump’s attorneys to suspend the subpoenas, saying it would be “academic” because it did not pick up on the former president’s appeal in the first place.

Trump and his two oldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., agreed last week to answer questions under oath beginning July 15 unless the Court of Appeals decides to intervene.

A message seeking comment on Tuesday’s decision was sent to Trump’s attorney. Alan Futerfas, attorney for Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., declined to comment. A message was also left for a spokesperson for Attorney General Letitia James.

The state trial court’s Appeals Division ruled on May 26 that the Trumps should take a deposition, upholding a lower court’s ruling that James’ office had a “clear right” to question Trump and certain other figures from his company, the Trump Organization.

James said his three-year investigation uncovered evidence the Trump Organization had overstated the value of assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses and even his Manhattan penthouse, to obtain loans, insurance and tax breaks for land donations.

A lawyer in his office told a judge last month that evidence could support a lawsuit against the former president, his company or both, although the lawyer said no decision had been made. .

Trump has denounced the investigation as part of a politically motivated “witch hunt” against him.

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