Former President Trump was seen leaving the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James seven hours after entering his civil case against the Trump Organization.
Despite the long meeting, Trump’s testimony did not bear fruit for New York investigators – the former president vowed to defend the Fifth Congress, the right to remain silent before it began.
Trump’s lawyer Ronald Fischetti, who was present at the meeting, told the New York Times that Trump answered exactly one question throughout the meeting – what was his name.
Trump read the statement ‘the biggest witch hunt in our country’s history’ and said as James sat next to him that he ‘clearly campaigned on a policy of destroying me.’
Trump asked the Fifth question, and then from 9:30 am to 3 pm, with a break in between, the former president repeated the ‘same answer’ to all his questions.
A spokesman for James’ office confirmed they were unable to get the former president to speak to him.
“While we will not comment on specifics, we can confirm that today, our office held a deposition for former president Donald Trump. Attorney General Letitia James participated in the filing in which Mr. Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. . Attorney General James will pursue the facts and the law wherever they may lead. Our investigation is ongoing.’
After his departure, Trump’s motorcade was seen taking the Lincoln Terrace, suggesting he may have returned to his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey rather than his Manhattan residence.
James’ office had not been given a heads up that Trump would not answer their questions, mainly because it took so much arguing to convince him not to talk, Fischetti said.
The car that was transporting the former President of the United States Donald Trump in a motorcade leaving the office building of the Attorney General in Manhattan in New York, New York, United States, August 10, 2022.
Trump’s motorcade left James’ office 7 hours after dropping him off
DailyMail.com saw Trump leaving office. He appeared to be taking the Lincoln Tunnel, indicating that he was returning to Bedminster in New Jersey
“He absolutely wanted to testify, and it took strong persuasion from me and others to convince him,” he told the Times.
‘I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why do you take the Fifth Amendment?’ Now I know the answer to that question,’ Trump said in his statement. Trump said he learned he had ‘no choice’ because the Biden administration and prosecutors across the country have ‘lost all moral and ethical boundaries.’
On Social Reality after his inauguration Trump said the meeting was ‘very professional’ and swore his company had ‘a lot of money.’
‘In the very prestigious, beautiful and expensive AG’s office. Great work environment, people are getting killed all over New York – and he’s spending his time and effort trying to ‘get Trump,'” Trump wrote on his Truth Social network as he entered office.
‘I’m just leaving the Attorney General’s Office – a very professional meeting. Have a good company with lots of assets, very little debt, and lots of CASH. America only!’ he wrote seven hours later.
James’ investigation involved allegations that the former president understated the value of his assets for tax purposes and inflated them to obtain favorable loans and financial journals to justify Trump’s position among the world’s billionaires.
In a statement obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, the former President says James campaigned on the ‘Get and Destroy Trump’ policy and his investigation is a witch hunt.
He also confirmed that on the advice of a lawyer he will defend the fifth when questioned in Manhattan and insisted: ‘I did nothing wrong’.
“He even assured his supporters in the election promise that,” we will definitely sue him. We will be really painful. He will know my personal name’, and he claimed I am an ‘illegal President’, he said in the statement.
Trump called him a ‘failed politician who has deliberately colluded with others to run this years-long war of lies that has cost him a lot of taxpayer money, all in an effort to boost his political career’.
He focused on it, while ‘New York is facing the worst murder, drug, and overall crime rate in decades.’
“Criminals are rampant, shooting, slashing and hurting people on the streets of New York, while he and his Office are spending a large percentage of their time and money on their “Trump”, he said.
Dressed in a blue suit and red tie, the former president left Trump Tower to answer questions from James two days after his Mar-a-Lago residence was raided by the FBI in connection with a separate investigation.
“I did nothing wrong, which is why, after five years of looking, the Federal, State and local governments, along with the Fake Media, have found nothing,” Trump said in the statement.
In his statement sent to Truth Social while he was still in James’s office, Trump said the attorney general is using the investigation to support his political career which he ‘failed’, noting that he had a short time to run for governor of New York while the investigation was ongoing. ongoing.
“What Letitia James has tried to do for the last three years is a disgrace to the legal system, an affront to the taxpayers of New York State,” Trump said. “We cannot allow a renegade and out-of-control prosecutor to use this as a way to advance his political career.”
Trump continued the Social Truth scandal against NY AG Letitia James
Trump blasted James, who is black, in his Tuesday night Truth column, saying he was a ‘racist’ and the investigation was ‘the biggest witch hunt in American history.
‘In New York City tonight. See the racist NYS Attorney General tomorrow, for the continuation of the biggest Witch Hunt in American history!’ Trump tweeted on Truth Social Tuesday night, using his repeated claims about James, who is black, and the investigation.
“My great company, and myself, are under attack from all sides,” Trump added. ‘Banana Republic!’
The FBI raid — the first of a former president’s private residence — was part of an investigation into whether he took classified records when he left the White House.
Eric Trump told DailyMail.com that FBI agents refused to serve a search warrant and removed the attorney from the property.
The son of the former president said the 30 agents who arrived at the site asked the staff to turn off the security cameras – but they refused.
He also said his father’s lawyer Christina Bobb had to stand at the end of the driveway while the team searched inside – and the agents allegedly used security cracks to break into his father’s safe.
‘There are 30 agents there,’ he recalled Monday’s search in a phone call with DailyMail.com. ‘They told our lawyer… you have to leave the house right now. Turn off all security cameras.’
“They wouldn’t give him a search warrant,” he claimed. ‘So they showed him from 10 feet away. They wouldn’t give him a copy of the search warrant.’
Eric said he would be ‘pleased’ to know if there was a valid search warrant.
James’ release came at a critical juncture in the investigation into his business, and comes in the middle of a crucial week in his post-presidency.
In May, James’ office said it was nearing the end of its investigation and that investigators had gathered substantial evidence that could support legal action, such as a lawsuit, against Trump, his company, or both.
Trump’s two adult children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, testified in the investigation in recent days, two people familiar with the matter said. The people were not allowed to speak publicly and did so on condition of anonymity.
The Trumps’ testimony was scheduled to take place last month but was delayed after the July 14 death of the former president’s wife, Ivana Trump, mother of Ivanka, Donald Jr. and another son, Eric Trump, who stayed in power. in James’ survey in 2020.
On Friday, the Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, will be in court seeking to dismiss tax fraud charges brought against them last year in a parallel investigation by the Manhattan district attorney.
James claims the Trump company exaggerated the size of Trump’s Manhattan mansion, saying it was nearly three times its actual size — a difference in value of about $200 million, James’ office said.
Trump has denied the allegations, explaining that seeking better valuations is a common practice in the real estate industry. He says the James investigation is part of a politically motivated ‘witch hunt’ and that his office is ‘doing everything in their corrupt will to interfere with my business relationships, and the political process.’
‘NO CASE!’ Trump said in a statement in February, after Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that James’ office had a “clear right” to question Trump and other executives at his company.
While James has investigated indicting Trump or his company, the Manhattan district attorney’s office has long been pursuing a parallel criminal investigation.
The investigation appeared to be moving toward possible criminal charges, but slowed after the new district attorney, Alvin Bragg, took office in January.
The grand jury hearing the evidence was dissolved. The lead prosecutor who was handling the investigation resigned after Bragg raised internal questions about the possibility of the case.
Bragg has said his investigation is ongoing, which means Trump can exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions from James’ investigators.
In fighting to block the subpoenas, the Trumps’ lawyers claimed New York authorities were using citizen subpoenas to obtain criminal investigation information and that the allegations were a ploy to avoid subpoenaing them before a federal criminal court, where state law requires them to be placed. given immunity.
Last summer, prompted by evidence uncovered by James’ office, Manhattan prosecutors filed charges against Weisselberg and the Trump Organization. Prosecutors said Weisselberg collected more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation.
Weisselberg and the company have pleaded not guilty.
Weisselberg and Eric Trump each invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 500 times when questioned by James’ attorneys during separate bail hearings in 2020, according to court papers.
That could be a successful strategy, as Trump is known as a ‘big picture guy’ Gillers said. ‘So he will answer the big picture questions and those answers will be general enough to keep him out of trouble, or so his lawyers hope.’
Once his investigation is complete, James may decide to bring a lawsuit and seek financial penalties against Trump or his company, or even ban them from engaging in certain types of business.