Donald Trump Jr. has told New York Attorney General Letitia James to go pound sand, warning he will not comply with her demands to sit for a deposition.
Don Jr. and Ivanka Trump had originally been ordered to testify in the next two weeks by a Manhattan judge.
However, lawyers for the Trump family said the testimony will be delayed while an appeal is mounted to the judge’s order, which was issued last week.
This comes after the collapse of the criminal case against Trump and his business in New York City.
Trump lawyer Ron Fischetti said: “They are not going to testify by March 10. I don’t think anybody thought that they were going to testify by that date.”
Trump’s lawyer said when the judge made his ruling: “The civil and criminal actions involve the same subject material.
“You’re putting my client in a position where they disclose evidence in a civil investigation or they have to invoke their rights and have an adverse inference.
“How is that fair, your honor?”
The two prosecutors leading the New York City criminal probe into Trump resigned making the case against Trump likely a dead end.
They resigned because the new District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, is having second thoughts about prosecuting Trump.
Now it seems the Trump family is going on the offense in the civil case too.
Cliff Levy, Deputy managing editor, for the New York Times said: “The 2 prosecutors leading the Manhattan DA’s investigation into Trump and his business practices abruptly resigned on Wednesday amid a monthlong pause in their presentation of evidence to a grand jury.”
The New York Times reported, “The two prosecutors leading the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into former President Donald J. Trump and his business practices abruptly resigned on Wednesday amid a monthlong pause in their presentation of evidence to a grand jury, according to people with knowledge of the matter, throwing the future of the high-stakes inquiry into serious doubt.
“The prosecutors, Carey R. Dunne and Mark F. Pomerantz, submitted their resignations after the new Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, indicated to them that he had doubts about moving forward with a case against Mr. Trump, the people said.
“Mr. Pomerantz confirmed in a brief interview that he had resigned, but declined to elaborate.
“Mr. Dunne declined to comment.”
“Without Mr. Bragg’s commitment to move forward, the prosecutors late last month postponed a plan to question at least one witness before the grand jury, one of the people said.
“They have not questioned any witnesses in front of the grand jury for more than a month, essentially pausing their investigation into whether Mr. Trump inflated the value of his assets to obtain favorable loan terms from banks.
“The precise reasons for Mr. Bragg’s pullback are unknown, and he has made few public statements about the status of the inquiry since taking office.
“They also are often reluctant to impanel a new grand jury after an earlier one has heard testimony, because witnesses could make conflicting statements if asked to testify again” The Times reported.
Last week, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron denied the motions to quash the subpoenas saying the Trump family members must appear for depositions within 21 days.
“In the final analysis, a State Attorney General Commences investigating a business entity, uncovers copious evidence of possible financial fraud, and wants to question, under oath, several of the entities’ principles, including its namesake,” Engoron’s decision reads.
“She has the clear right to do so.”
The mistake Republicans made here was naming @GovChristie Co-Chairman of the National Republican Redistricting Trust, instead of naming him to a role he’s actually qualified for, like Co-Chairman of the National Republican Twinkie Trust. https://t.co/899QOr3JaJ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 24, 2022