Former President Donald Trump, Trump Jr., Ivanka will sit for depositions in a civil case in New York starting July 15

NEW YORK – Former President Donald Trump, his namesake son and daughter Ivanka have agreed to answer questions under oath next month as part of the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into his business practices, unless their lawyers won’t persuade the highest court in the state to intervene.

A Manhattan judge on Wednesday signed an agreement that requires the Trumps to give depositions — a legal term for sworn testimony before the out-of-court trial — starting July 15.

The deal comes after a series of setbacks in Donald Trump’s efforts to end the three-year investigation of state Attorney General Letitia James.

James said the investigation uncovered evidence that Trump’s company had misstated the value of assets such as skyscrapers and golf courses in its financial statements for more than a decade.

Two weeks ago, a New York state appeals court ruled that Trump should sit for a deposition in the case.

The next day, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Trump had filed seeking a court order preventing James from investigating him.

The lawsuit claimed that James, a Democrat, targeted the Republican former president because of his political animosity and violated his free speech and due process rights.

Wednesday’s ruling acknowledges that Trump can appeal to New York’s highest court, called the Court of Appeals, to try to overturn the ruling that requires his deposition.

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