Trump refused to testify at the prosecutor's office
Former U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to testify before the New York State’s Attorney’s Office in a case involving alleged financial fraud at the Trump Organization, which he owns. He announced this on his Truth Social network on Wednesday.
Earlier, it was reported that Trump arrived Wednesday morning at the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who is seeking him to testify in the Trump Organization case. Trump lashed out at James, who he said has “built her political platform and career on opposing” the Republican.
“Letitia James has openly declared her hostility toward me and unthinkable retaliation,” Trump continued, noting that the investigation into his company has cost taxpayers “tens of millions of dollars.”
“I did nothing wrong, and that’s why after five years of searches, neither the federal, state or local governments, along with the lying media, have found nothing,” the former American leader stated. He noted that he would “make full use of the U.S. Constitution to protect his family and business and the country from the attacks of this administration of President Joe Biden, the prosecutors and everyone else.”
“Accordingly, based on the advice of my lawyers and for all of the above reasons, I have declined to answer questions with the rights and privileges that the United States Constitution grants to every citizen,” Trump said.
In early April, the New York state attorney general announced her intention to prosecute Trump in a case involving alleged financial fraud at his company. According to the attorney general, Trump, despite the prosecutor’s request and court order, refused to provide the necessary documents. The court ordered the politician to pay $10,000 daily for contempt of court. A New York court later dismissed that charge against Trump.
In July 2021, Trump Organization and its CFO Allen Weisselberg were charged with tax evasion, involvement in fraud, embezzlement and forgery of documents. The company, in particular, is suspected of artificially inflating the value of its assets in order to obtain loans. Trump, a Republican, denies the allegations and calls the New York authorities’ investigation a witch hunt initiated by Democrats.