New York judge Eric Trump, the son of the US president most in charge of managing the family business, went to court on Oct.7 as part of an investigation into allegations that the Trump Organization illegally inflated the value of real estate assets.
The Attorney General of Democratic New York State, Letisha James, who opened the investigation, has sought since May to question Eric Trump, 36, who has become the first man in Trump’s group since his father moved to the White House in early 2017.
Although Eric Trump declared his willingness to “cooperate” with the investigation, his attorneys recently requested that the session be postponed until after the November 3 elections, under the pretext that he is too busy in the election campaign of his father seeking a second term.
The attorney objected to the request in state court and requested that Eric Trump be compelled to file documents on several of the company’s properties, including a building on Wall Street and the Trump International Hotel in Chicago.
After the court session Wednesday, Judge Arthur Inguron approved the prosecutor’s request, saying Trump Jr.’s arguments were “unconvincing” and noting that “this court is not bound by the schedule for the national elections.”
“We will act immediately to ensure that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization comply with the court order and provide financial records related to our investigation,” James said.
She added, “The court’s decision today confirms that no one is above the law, not even a group or person in the name of Trump.”
The investigation is one of many legal measures affecting Trump and his family.
The attorney general opened the investigation in 2019 after the former attorney for President Michael Cohen, who is currently imprisoned, testified before Congress that Trump huge or undervalued some real estate to secure loans or reduce the value of his taxes.
In another case, Manhattan Attorney Cyrus has opened an investigation of Trump after he refused to disclose financial records for eight years.
Despite a decision against the president in the Supreme Court in July, his attorneys continue to seek in the courts to avoid providing those records, and the case could be returned to the Supreme Court again.