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Donald Trump and children must testify under oath in real estate investigation banning stay in court


Former President Donald Trump, his eldest son and eldest daughter have agreed to sit for depositions in a civil investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office next month, unless the highest court of the state does not intervene, according to a stipulation filed Wednesday.

Absent court intervention, former President Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump will appear to testify beginning July 15 and ending the following week, according to the stipulation.

A state appeals court ruled in May that the subpoenas for their testimony were not, as the Trumps argued, part of a politically motivated investigation into how the family valued their real estate.

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. arrive at the 58th presidential inauguration in Washington, January 20, 2017.

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The stipulation gave the Trumps until Monday to seek a stay from the Court of Appeals.

An appeals court ruled in late May that the three Trump family members should sit for a deposition in the case, which has dragged on for years. Trump filed an appeal on June 1.

New York Attorney General Letitia James argued that her office found “significant evidence” of fraud in the investigation into how Trump and the Trump Organization valued real estate in the state. The investigation examines whether the Trump Organization used fraudulent or misleading valuations of its assets in different ways to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage and tax deductions.

Donald Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

ABC News

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