President Donald Trump delivers a speech at a Keep America rally at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky on November 4, 2019.
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James wants Eric Trump, who runs the Trump Organization with his brother Donald Trump Jr., to testify in the investigation and is also looking for thousands of pages of documents about the properties they believe are being withheld.
James & # 39; office said Eric Trump was due to be interviewed by AG investigators in July but "now refuses to appear".
On Wednesday, Justice Arthur Engoron of the Manhattan State Supreme Court issued an order to give rise to the Trump Organization, Eric Trump, and the other subpoena targets, and asked them to appear in court on September 23 to explain why they were should not be compelled to obey James' subpoenas.
Engoron also ordered that they submit all legal documents opposing the subpoenas to the Supreme Court, the level of the state court, by September 16.
A spokesman for James and lawyers for the Trump Organization and Eric Trump had no comment.
Eric Trump accused the attorney general on Twitter of "the highest level of prosecutorial misconduct," "deliberately dropped on the eve of the Republican" National Convention, on Aug. 24, the day James' court records were released on the subpoenas was "for political points."
Trump Organization spokesman Alan Garten called the case "simply a dispute over documents and the like" in a statement made the same day. Discovery is the process by which parties to a dispute exchange documents, file deposits, and provide each other with other information.
Engoron is the second judge assigned to the case. The first judge, Debra James, removed herself from the case shortly after James filed it.
Judge James said in a lawsuit that she found "she needs to reuse herself". The judge did not explain what prompted her to make this decision. James & # 39; office did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC. A spokesman for the judicial system said James' rejection spoke for himself.
AG James opened the Trump Organization investigation in 2019 after Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney and fixer of President Trump, testified before Congress that "Trump's financial statements raised the values of Trump's wealth by cheap Conditions for loans and obtaining credits. " Insurance coverage while lowering the value of other assets to lower property taxes, "the attorney general said in a statement last month.
One focus of James' investigation is the Trump Organization's Seven Springs Estate, a 212 acre property in Westchester County, New York.
Court records have determined that Seven Springs' valuations were used to claim an apparent tax deduction of more than $ 21 million for a 2015 property conservation donation.
The Financial Times noted last year that Trump bought Seven Springs for $ 7.5 million in 1996 but was worth more than $ 290 million in 2012 and appraisers.
James & # 39; office also said in a statement it has a Trump building on 40 Wall Street in Manhattan, the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago and that Trump National Golf Club – Los Angeles.
In a statement last month, James said, "Nothing will stop us from following the facts and the law wherever they lead. For months now, the Trump Organization has been making unsubstantiated claims seeking evidence before a lawful investigation into its financial situation protect handling. "
"They have stalled, withheld documents and ordered witnesses, including Eric Trump, to refuse to answer questions under oath," said James.