Judge rules Eric Trump must give N.Y. de­po­si­tion be­fore elec­tion

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NEW YORK — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s son Eric has un­til Oct. 7 to speak to New York in­ves­ti­ga­tors prob­ing his fam­ily’s busi­ness prac­tices, a judge ruled Wed­nes­day, re­ject­ing his lawyers’ con­tention that his “ex­treme travel sched­ule” on the cam­paign trail war­ranted a de­lay un­til af­ter the Novem­ber elec­tion.

State Judge Arthur En­goron said Eric Trump, an ex­ec­u­tive at the fam­ily’s Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion, had no le­gal ba­sis to post­pone a sub­poena seek­ing his de­po­si­tion tes­ti­mony un­der oath, con­clud­ing that nei­ther the probe nor the court were “bound by the time­lines of the na­tional elec­tion.”

New York At­tor­ney Gen­eral Leti­tia James went to court to en­force the sub­poena af­ter Eric Trump’s lawyers can­celed a July in­ter­view with in­ves­ti­ga­tors look­ing into whether the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion lied about the value of its as­sets in or­der to get loans or tax ben­e­fits.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is civil, not crim­i­nal, in na­ture and in­ves­ti­ga­tors have yet to de­ter­mine whether any law was bro­ken.

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