Former President Trump is set to return to New York City this week to face questioning from Attorney General Letitia James regarding her fraud lawsuit against him and the Trump Organization. The questioning will take place in James’ office in Manhattan after Trump’s expected return from Florida on Thursday.
James’ investigation is separate from the recent 34-count felony fraud charges leveled against Trump by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. Thursday’s visit will mark Trump’s first time in New York City since he surrendered to authorities in the Bragg case.
This will be the second time Trump has sat down for questioning with James, as he previously appeared for a deposition with her office before her lawsuit late last year. During the deposition, he refused to answer any questions, citing his Fifth Amendment rights repeatedly.
James, a Democrat, has been investigating Trump since she took office in January 2019. Her lawsuit against him alleges that he and his company misled banks and others about the value of his assets. She claimed that Trump and his children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, as well as his associates and businesses, committed “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” regarding financial statements. James also accused Trump of inflating his net worth by billions of dollars, with the help of his children.
In response to James’ lawsuit, Trump filed a lawsuit of his own, alleging that she was abusing her position and causing harm to his family and business. However, he withdrew the lawsuit voluntarily in January.
When Trump was president, James sued his administration multiple times, challenging policies on various issues, including the environment, immigration, education, and health care.