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A judge ordered former President Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump, and his son Donald Trump Jr., to testify in a deposition for the civil investigation by the New York state attorney general's office into alleged business fraud.
New York state Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron wrote in an eight-page decision in favor of the state attorney general's office.
"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' principals, including its namesake," Engoron wrote. "She has the clear right to do so."
He also ordered the former president to respond to a subpoena request for documents and information within two weeks.
Alan Futerfas, an attorney for the Trump children, said that they were "likely" to appeal the decision.
Attorney General Letitia James praised the judge's order.
"Today, justice prevailed," she said. "No one will be permitted to stand in the way of the pursuit of justice, no matter how powerful they are. No one is above the law."
James alleges that Trump signed off on exaggerated "Statements of Financial Condition" that misrepresented his company's finances by hundreds of millions of dollars.
The judge noted that the Trumps could invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during the depositions.
Earlier in the week, the former president's accounting firm cut ties with Trump.
"We write to advise that the Statements of Financial Condition for Donald J. Trump for the years ending June 30, 2011 — June 30, 2020, should no longer be relied upon," said the company in a letter.
Trump's attorneys tried to argue that this action made the AG investigations moot, but Judge Engoron denied that argument and called it "reminiscent" of George Orwell.
The Trumps were ordered to sit for the deposition within two weeks if they are not appealed.
Here's a news report about the judgement:
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Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.