After house search – Ex-President Trump refuses to testify about business practices – News

  • Former US President Donald Trump should have testified under oath on Wednesday.
  • However, when questioned by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Trump refused to answer her questions.
  • Trump said he declined to testify on the advice of his defense.

After the sensational search of his property in Florida, former US President Donald Trump remains in the sights of the judiciary. According to his own statements, Trump refused to testify in the course of investigations into his business practices in New York on Wednesday. He announced this on the “Truth Social” platform he co-founded.

The 76-year-old had previously arrived at the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James by court order for questioning under oath. Democrat James has been leading civil investigations into the Republican’s corporate empire for years. Trump again called this a “witch hunt” on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump exits Trump Tower two days after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach home.

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When Trump was questioned in New York, the ex-president was probably confronted with unpleasant questions, including suspected false valuations of real estate. Attorney General James says Trump and the Trump Organization used misleading financial reports to gain economic advantage. Trump’s company denies the allegations. According to a Fox News report, Trump was the last member of the family to be questioned. His children Ivanka and Don Jr. have already testified.

Unprecedented search of Trump’s estate

The appointment came at a sensitive time: On Monday (local time) Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach (Florida) was searched by the Federal Police FBI – the process is considered unprecedented in US history. The reason for this was apparently Trump’s handling of documents from his tenure. Trump himself wrote on Tuesday: “A terrible thing that happened yesterday in Mar-a-Lago. We’re no better than a third world country, a banana republic.” He also accused US President Joe Biden of having been informed about the action in advance. The White House rejected such allegations.

At the beginning of the year it became known that the national archives responsible for storing presidential correspondence suspected several boxes with confidential material, among other things, in Trump’s private club. Trump finally handed over several documents to the authority in January.

After that, there was another exchange between investigators and Trump’s lawyers, it said. Officials finally suspected that Trump or his team were withholding other important documents, the Washington Post wrote, citing anonymous sources. The FBI is said to have taken twelve boxes during the search. Trump was not at his property during the action.

Trump receives support


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After the Mar-a-Lago search, influential Republicans rallied behind Trump: “Our cities are teeming with criminals, but Garland’s politicized Justice Department is targeting President Trump and members of Congress,” said House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland. The influential Republican Mitch McConnell, whom Trump himself repeatedly denigrates as an “old crow”, demanded that the Justice Department investigate the events immediately.

The former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, made a similar statement. Even Trump’s former vice president, Mike Pence, backed him.

Pence recently distanced himself from Trump. He is said to have ambitions to run for the presidency in 2024. Trump also keeps flirting with a candidacy, but has not yet officially declared it.

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