New York state Attorney General Letitia James is requesting a deposition from former President Donald Trump in connection to her investigation of the Trump Organization, new reports say.
James is requesting testimony from Trump on Jan. 7 as part of a civil investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices, specifically claims the group committed financial fraud violations, sources told the Washington Post. The Trump Organization dismissed the request as "another political witch-hunt."
"The only focus of the New York AG is to investigate Trump, all for her own political ambitions ... This political prosecution is illegal, unethical and is a travesty to our great state and legal system," the company, which did not indicate whether the former president intends to cooperate with the request, told the outlet.
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The deposition is believed to be part of a civil fraud investigation, meaning that Trump would likely not face criminal charges if James's office discovers violations, according to the New York Times. But he could still face lawsuits in connection to the query.
James's investigation of the Trump Organization began after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claimed under oath that Trump had inflated his financial statements. In May, James informed the Trump Organization that her investigation was "no longer purely civil in nature."
The attorney general is reportedly collaborating with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on a separate criminal investigation of the Trump Organization's business practices. The two appear to be investigating whether the company illegally provided higher valuations to lenders while providing lower valuations to escape taxes, according to various court documents.
Vance's office previously indicted former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg in July for alleged tax fraud. Vance also reportedly convened a new grand jury in his investigation into the Trump Organization in November.
A spokesperson for James's office declined to comment. Representatives for the Trump Organization and Vance did not respond to the Washington Examiner's requests for comment.
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James announced Wednesday that she will no longer be seeking the New York governor's office in 2022 and will instead run for reelection as attorney general. The attorney general made headlines when her Aug. 3 report concluding that then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women resulted in his resignation on Aug. 24.
Cuomo, who denied all accusations of inappropriate touching, is now being floated as a possible challenger to James in the attorney general's race. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 7 in connection to a forcible touching charge, which he denies.