New York AG Reportedly Seeking Deposition From Trump in Fraud Probe Into Ex-President's Businesses

© AP Photo / Andrew HarnikPresident Donald Trump stands on stage after lighting the 2017 National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Washington.
President Donald Trump stands on stage after lighting the 2017 National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Washington. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.12.2021
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In July, Allen Weisselberg, the now ex-chief financial officer of former president Donald Trump's business empire, was indicted on over a dozen counts of alleged financial crimes, ranging from the falsification of records to tax fraud. Trump dismissed the charges as a part of the alleged Democratic "witch hunt" against him.
New York Attorney General Letitia James wants to question Donald Trump for her ongoing investigation into possible fraud at his company, the Trump Organization, the Washington Post reports, citing sources said to be familiar with the situation.

According to the paper's sources, Trump has been asked to give a deposition on 7 January at James' New York office, with her probe seeking to determine, among other things, whether fraudulent practices are widespread in the former president's company.

Trump's attorneys did not immediately respond to the report, with a spokesperson for James declining to comment. The business mogul has not personally been accused of any wrongdoing in the probe.
James joined the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in its investigation into the Trump Organization in October. Republicans have criticized the attorney general over her involvement, accusing her of trying to score political points ahead of her New York gubernatorial run next year.
The investigation into the former president's company - a real estate-focused empire consisting of about 500 separate entities, focuses on a range of suspected criminal wrongdoing, including the falsification of records and tax fraud by ex-CFO Allen Weisselberg, and a separate but related probe by the Attorney General's office investigating the possible fraudulent undervaluation of several properties in New York and California.
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Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, while the former president characterized the probe as a "political witch hunt by the Radical Left Democrats."
Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg is escorted as he attends his arraignment hearing in the New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.07.2021
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