NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, will cooperate with the New York attorney general’s investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings, but only after the November election, court papers filed Thursday show.
Eric Trump’s attorneys “have made it clear that he is willing to appear pursuant to the subpoena, and have also proposed four available dates after the Presidential election on November 3, 2020,” a document filed by his team in court on Thursday says.
The filing claims New York Attorney General Letitia James’ motion was “premature and ultimately unnecessary,” as Eric Trump “at no time indicated that he was refusing to comply with the… subpoena.”
James in August asked a court to compel some of the president’s business associates, including his son Eric, to testify and turn over documents as part of her investigation into whether the president's company lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits.
James said her civil investigation of potential fraud in Trump’s business dealings, which began last year, has been held up by a lack of cooperation from the president and his family.
The petition seeking the court’s intervention was filed after lawyers for Eric Trump abruptly cancelled his planned interview with investigators in July.
“For months, the Trump Organization has made baseless claims in an effort to shield evidence from a lawful investigation into its financial dealings,” James said in a statement in August. “They have stalled, withheld documents, and instructed witnesses, including Eric Trump, to refuse to answer questions under oath. That’s why we’ve filed a motion to compel the Trump Organization to comply with our office’s lawful subpoenas for documents and testimony. These questions will be answered and the truth will be uncovered, because no one is above the law.”
James' investigation was launched in March 2019 after Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, told Congress that Trump had repeatedly inflated the value of his assets to obtain more favorable terms for loans and insurance coverage.