New York AG seeks to compel real estate firm to comply with Trump probe subpoenas

By Karen Freifeld and Luc Cohen

NEW YORK (Reuters) -New York state’s lawyer common is trying to find to compel real estate enterprise Cushman & Wakefield to comply with subpoenas in connection with its civil probe into the Trump Firm, according to courtroom filings on Friday.

Legal professional Common Letitia James has been investigating former U.S. President Donald Trump’s small business methods for 3-and-a-half decades, with a concentration on whether or not his enterprise misstated the values of its true estate homes to obtain favorable financial loans and tax deductions.

James stated on Friday that Cushman had conducted appraisals for various Trump Corporation homes, which includes the 7 Springs estate in New York’s Westchester County, the Trump Countrywide Golf Program in Los Angeles, and 40 Wall Road in downtown Manhattan.

James’ office environment is trying to find to figure out whether or not the appraisals geared up by Cushman had been fraudulent or deceptive, but Cushman has refused to comply with a subpoena issued in February 2022 and has only partly complied with an previously subpoena, according to a filing.

“Although Cushman originally expressed its need to comply with OAG’s subpoenas, the firm however withheld hundreds of responsive files and instructed 4 witnesses not to solution various queries dependent on meritless privilege assertions by the Trump Organization,” the submitting from James’ office environment study.

A Cushman spokesperson said the filings did not properly characterize the company’s responses.

“Any recommendation that Cushman & Wakefield has not responded in great faith to the Attorney General’s investigation is fundamentally untrue,” the spokesperson stated in a assertion. “We stand at the rear of our appraisers and our function.”

Cushman stated in January 2021 that it experienced minimize ties with the Trump Corporation.

Trump, a Republican who missing his bid for re-election in November 2020, denies wrongdoing and has dismissed James’ probe as a politically motivated witch hunt. James, a Democrat, is managing for re-election for her post.

James’ pursuit of Cushman’s documents arrives after she asked a New York choose to maintain Trump in contempt of court for not turning more than documents she subpoenaed, and to great him $10,000 for every working day he does not comply.

On Friday, New York Point out Supreme Court docket Justice Arthur Engoron reported he would maintain a listening to on April 25 on whether or not Trump should really be held in contempt.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York Editing by Leslie Adler and Richard Pullin)