On August 24, the New York state Attorney General, Letitia James, filed court documents to compel Eric Trump to sit for a deposition as part of the state's investigation into illegal activities by the Trump Organization. Eric Trump holds the title of executive vice president of development and acquisitions of the Trump Organization.
The Trump Organization is being investigated for having "improperly inflated the value of Mr. Trump's assets on financial statements in order to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits." In that August court filing, James' office said Eric Trump agreed to be deposed on July 22, then canceled last minute, "balking less than two days before he was scheduled by agreement to give testimony."
On Thursday, September 17, Trump's lawyers told the court overseeing the filing that Trump would once again agree to give a deposition, but only after the election in November.
In response, James told CNBC:
"[W]hile we cannot comment on the particular steps we're taking on specific litigation, we won't allow any entity or individual to dictate how our investigation will proceed or allow anyone to evade a lawful subpoena."
"No one is above the law, period."
That sentiment echoes the August court filing, which stated:
"[The Trump Organization] refused entirely to comply with a subpoena for Eric Trump's testimony."
"Eric Trump's categorical refusal to appear is unlawful, and he should be compelled to testify."
People agreed that no one, even the son of the President, is above the law.
Eric Trump holds no official position in the federal government.
The lawyers for Trump claim they are willing to comply with the subpoena, but only if the NY AG vows it:
"has not provided, and will not provide any materials, information or transcripts developed or collected in the course of its investigation to any other law enforcement authority, agency or regulator."