Eric Trump can’t use the presidential election to postpone testifying in the New York attorney general’s probe into the financial dealings of the Trump Organization, a judge ruled Wednesday.
“Neither petitioner [NY AG] nor this court is bound by timelines of the national election,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron said after oral arguments held by video Wednesday in the case, ordering Eric Trump to appear for deposition by Oct. 7.
AG Letitia James last month claimed Eric Trump — the executive vice president of the Trump Organization — refused to be interviewed by her office as part of seven subpoenas that were issued for documents and testimony relating to four company properties. The president’s son has since responded that he would cooperate after the Nov. 3 vote.
“We are happy for [Eric Trump] to sit down and be deposed but we need time to go through these materials in order to prepare our client,” his lawyer Alan Futerfas said earlier in the proceeding. “And as I think the world knows, there is an election going on in about four weeks.”
“Eric Trump is a vital and integral part of that. He is traveling just about seven days a week,” Futerfas said, asking for the deposition to be scheduled for sometime after the election — roughly six months after being served with the subpoena.
President Trump and his company have been under investigation by the AG’s office since 2019 — following former Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony that Trump’s annual financial statements exaggerated the value of his assets to help him get better terms on loans and insurance policies.
“There is just no reason,” AG lawyer Matthew Colangelo said before Engoron issued his ruling. “Why a witness can forestall the Attorney General’s investigation for six full months on a claim of personal inconvenience.”
Futerfas said his client only enlisted this legal team — separate from the lawyers representing the Trump Organization — a few months after the subpoena was served.
The attorney said he and one other lawyer now have to go through “tens of thousands of documents,” and they need time to prepare their client, all while he is busy with the upcoming election.
Engoron responded, “I’m not the executive branch. I’m not the legislative branch. I’m the judicial branch and I have that perspective on these matters.”
The judge also ordered the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including financial records for one of its properties, Seven Springs Estate in Westchester.
“No entity or individual is allowed to dictate how or when our investigation will proceed or set the parameters of a lawful investigation,” James said in a statement. “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.”
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