United States: New York Attorney General has summoned Donald Trump and his two eldest sons to testify in a civil case.

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United States: New York Attorney General has summoned Donald Trump and his two eldest sons to testify in a civil case.

Letitia James called the former president of the United States and his children Ivanka and Donald Jr. to give testimony of the family's business activities.

According to a petition, New York State Attorney General Letitia James recently issued subpoenas for former President Donald Trump and his two older sons to demand their testimony in connection with an ongoing civil investigation into the family's business practices. Judicial released this Monday.

The subpoenas for Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and his daughter Ivanka Trump arise from an investigation "on the valuation of properties owned or controlled" by the former head of state and his company, the Trump Organization, according to read in the document.

The state attorney's attempt to obtain the former president's testimony was reported in December. Still, Monday's court documents are the first public revelation that investigators are also seeking information on Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

The Trumps are expected to present their documents to the court to prevent the subpoenas, which will create a legal dispute similar to the one that broke out last year after James' prosecution issued warrants for another Trump son.

Eric Trump was questioned in October 2020 about the same case, shortly before the presidential election that his father lost.

Both Eric, Donald Jr, and Ivanka have been heavily involved in their father's company, the Trump Organization, which they joined shortly after finishing college.

When Trump was named president of the United States in January 2017, he delegated control of the company to Donald Jr. and Eric and the company's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.

The former president sued James last month to end the investigation after the prosecutor requested that he come to render an account on January 7. Trump's lawsuit, filed in federal court, contends that the inquiry into matters including the appraisal of his company's assets has violated his constitutional rights in a "slightly disguised effort to defame Trump and his associates publicly."

The court petition released Monday is the first public acknowledgment by the state attorney that she had previously issued subpoenas seeking Trump's testimony.

James, a Democrat, has investigated for more than two years whether the Trump Organization misled banks or tax officials about the value of assets, exaggerating them to get favorable loan terms or downplaying them to save taxes.

In a statement, James noted in December that "the Trump Organization has continually tried to delay our investigation of its corporate businesses, and now Donald Trump and his company of the same name have filed a lawsuit as an attempted collateral attack on that investigation."

"To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization can order whether or where they will answer for their actions. However, our investigation will not be intimidated because no one is above the law, not even someone with the last name Trump, "James said last month.

The investigation, however, is civil, so in any case, it could not bring criminal charges against the Trumps.