Bess Levin for Vanity Fair
As prosecutors throughout the country investigate Donald Trump for all kinds of alleged wrongdoing, from attempting to overturn the 2020 election to years of financial chicanery, the ex-president has relied on his usual tactics: stonewall, deny, and lash out against the people attempting to hold him accountable.
Naturally, the New York attorney general’s investigation of the Trump Organization has been more of the same, except for the fact that his eldest children have gotten in on the stonewall, deny, lash out business too. Both Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. have refused to comply with subpoenas from Letitia James’s office, calling them “an unprecedented and unconstitutional maneuver.”
They’ve also accused the attorney general of attempting to obtain testimony that could then be used against them in a separate criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney. For his part, the former president asked a judge this month to stop James’s investigation into his family business, claiming in a motion that the prosecutor’s actions are “vindictive,” “self-serving,” and lacking in “prosecutorial ethics.”
Apparently not wanting to miss out on the fun, Eric Trump went on Fox News to declare that James’s investigation “violates the Constitution” and is “what you’d expect from Russia…what you’d expect from Venezuela.” Unfortunately for the Trump family, it does not appear that insulting an elected official and straight up refusing to comply with the law is going to work out for them this time around!
Late on Tuesday, the A.G.’s office filed an almost 160-page document accusing the Trump Organization of inflating the value of its properties to lure lenders, and deflating the value of those same properties when it came time to pay taxes.
Making it clear that her office is done with their shit, James wrote on Twitter: “We are taking legal action to force Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump to comply with our investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings.