In a court document dated Tuesday, DC Attorney General Karl Racine’s office revealed the former President’s son was deposed on February 11.
The filing states that Trump’s deposition “raised further questions about the nature” of a hotel invoice Racine’s office has been investigating. The attorney general’s office alleges that the Trump Organization signed a contract with the Loews Madison hotel for $49,358.92 for a block of rooms during the 2017 inauguration, and that the invoice was later forwarded to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which then paid the bill, according to the filing.
Trump Jr. and his brother Eric Trump, executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization who run the real-estate company on a day-to-day basis, are under scrutiny for their roles in the family business.
One person said prosecutors are asking “about everything under the sun about Donald, Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric, [and] Allen Weisselberg,” the chief financial officer.
CNN has reached out to attorneys for the Trumps for comment.
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The Loews Madison is closed due to the pandemic and has changed owners twice, according to the filing.
Ten witnesses have been deposed in the case, according to the filing, but only three were able to testify about the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee’s payment of the Loews Madison invoice, according to the filing.
“These witnesses gave inconsistent accounts of the purpose of the contract and why the PIC agreed to pay it, and none of the witnesses gave a complete or accurate account of the circumstances surrounding the invoice,” the attorney general’s office wrote in the filing.
Rick Gates, who was deputy chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, testified that he’d received an email from a collection agency in July 2017 for the unpaid Loews Madison bill.
In his deposition, Gates said the hotel rooms were booked by a man named Gentry Beach, who was a friend and chief of staff for Donald Trump, Jr. Gates said he was told by Beach the rooms were for people who had donated to the PIC and so “the hotel bill should be paid by PIC,” according to Gates’ deposition, adding that there was a “donor package” which included hotel rooms “if you donated at a certain level.”
But Trump Jr. gave a different explanation for the names associated with rooms billed to the committee, saying they were “associated with the campaign or with the Trump family,” according to the attorney general’s office.
“For example, Mr. Trump testified that one individual was a friend from college, one was a Trump family driver, another was a New York socialite from the Real Housewives of New York who is also a Trump family friend,” the filing states.
Notes from the collection agency that were included in the court filings shows discussions between the debt collector, PIC and the Trump Organization discussing who would pay the bill.
“Rick Gates will provide payment, but needs the name changed,” a note from the collection agency in July 2017 reads. “It just cannot say ‘The Trump Organization.'”
Later, an entry from the collection agency asks if there is anything in writing from Gates promising he will pay.
“I hesitate as they all seem to be pointing fingers and making excuses as to why they won’t pay it and this seems to be another ploy so the Trump Organization’s name is not on it,” the collection agency’s note from July 2017 reads.
Gates testified that, in the end, the committee paid the invoice. CNN has reached out to Gates for comment.
This story has been updated with additional details.