New York Attorney General James seeks deposition from Trump as part of business fraud investigation

The former president has not been accused of any criminal wrongdoing

Updated: December 9, 2021 - 11:14am

New York Attorney General Letitia James is pursuing a deposition from former President Trump as a part of her investigation into potential fraud within the Trump Organization.

The Democrat prosecutor has requested to take the testimony on Jan. 7 in New York. James is reportedly investigating whether widespread fraud "permeated the Trump Organization," according to The Washington Post.

If the former president refuses to appear for the deposition, James and her office could take him to court and attempt to force compliance. 

Trump has not personally been accused of any criminal wrongdoing and has called James' probe a "witch hunt" being pushed forward for political reasons. 

James, who is running for governor next year, has said she is considering filing a lawsuit over the matter of whether the company broke the law by providing low values to property tax officers, while simultaneously providing high ones  to garner tax breaks and appeal to lenders.

Prosecutors in Manhattan have also convened a new grand jury to consider possible criminal charges related to the organization's financial behaviors.