Judge Arthur Engoron on October 27 rejected Ivanka Trump’s request to quash the subpoena. The former president’s daughter will be asked to testify about financial transactions in which she participated or which she knew about.
The judge’s decision in Manhattan is a victory for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who filed suit against Mr Trump last year.
Ivanka Trump was initially a defendant in the lawsuit, but earlier this year she won her appeal in court and is no longer considered a defendant.
Ms. Ivanka Trump and Mr. Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
Attorney General prosecutors argued on October 26 that Ivanka Trump’s testimony was important to the case because of her previous close ties to the Trump Organization (headquartered in Manhattan).
Court records show that although she is no longer a defendant in this lawsuit, it cannot be ruled out that Ivanka Trump has knowledge of related matters. The judge also pointed to state records that show Mr. Trump’s daughter owns property and runs businesses in New York state.
In response, Ms Ivanka’s lawyer said the subpoenas were a form of “harassment” when she was no longer a defendant.
theo bloomberg, Mr. Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump – defendants in the lawsuit – all later testified on October 27 at the trial, which is now in its fourth week.
Mr Trump, the leading Republican candidate in the 2024 presidential campaign, is accused of inflating his wealth by billions of dollars in financial documents provided to banks and insurance companies. The fine requested by the prosecution is USD 250 million.
The New York lawsuit is one of six he faces as he seeks to return to the White House next year. Mr Trump denied wrongdoing and said the lawsuit was part of a “witch hunt” by Democrats.