Trump was ordered to sit down for questioning as part of a civil investigation in New York

In his appeal, Trump’s attorneys had argued that executing the subpoenas would violate the Trumps’ constitutional rights because their statements could be used in a parallel criminal investigation. But the four-judge panel said Thursday there was no constitutional right that would grant immunity from prosecution to those called to testify before a grand jury. They also cited the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, which the former president could choose to exercise in his deposition.

“The existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude the civil discovery of related facts, during which a party may exercise the privilege not to incriminate themselves,” the judges wrote.

James, the state’s attorney general, applauded Thursday’s court decision to dismiss Trump’s appeal.

“Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our legal investigation into his financial dealings,” James said in a statement. “We will continue to follow the facts of this case and ensure that no one can escape the law.”

Trump could still appeal Thursday’s ruling to the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. Another big decision for Trump will be whether to answer questions in his deposition or remain silent — citing his Fifth Amendment right — since anything he says could be used against him in a criminal investigation by the office of the President. Manhattan District Attorney.


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