Former President Donald Trump to Testify in Civil Business Fraud Case
Former President Donald Trump is set to testify on November 6th in a civil business fraud case against him, following the testimony of his three eldest children. This comes after a judge ruled that daughter Ivanka Trump must also take the stand.
Blockbuster Trial for New York Attorney General’s Lawsuit
The trial of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit against Trump is shaping up to be a blockbuster. James alleges that the former president overstated his wealth for years on financial statements, which were given to banks and insurers to secure loans and deals.
Trump denies any wrongdoing and has dismissed the trial as a politically motivated sham. It’s important to note that James is a Democrat, while Trump is the Republican front-runner for 2024.
The Defense Begins with Testimony from Trump and His Sons
Although Donald Trump and his two sons are defendants in the case, the state will initially call them to the stand before the defense presents its case. However, the defense will have the opportunity to call them again later.
Ivanka Trump’s Involvement and Court Ruling
Ivanka Trump was originally dismissed as a defendant months ago. Her lawyers argued that she shouldn’t have to testify since she moved out of New York and left her Trump Organization job in 2017. However, the state’s lawyers claimed that she still had relevant information due to her ties to some businesses in New York and ownership of Manhattan apartments.
Judge Arthur Engoron sided with the state, stating that Ivanka Trump had “availed herself of the privilege of doing business in New York.” Her testimony will be scheduled after November 1st, allowing her lawyers time to appeal. Her brothers are set to testify in the coming days.
Donald Trump’s Surprise Appearance on the Witness Stand
In a surprising turn of events, Donald Trump briefly testified on Wednesday to answer questions from Judge Engoron. The testimony was in response to an out-of-court comment.
Debating Jurisdiction and Control
Ivanka Trump’s lawyer argued that state lawyers don’t have jurisdiction over her, as a state appeals court had already thrown out claims against her. He emphasized that she had stepped away from her Trump Organization job and became an unpaid senior adviser in the Trump White House before moving to Florida.
However, state lawyers maintained that Ivanka Trump played a significant role in certain events discussed in the case and remains financially and professionally linked to the family business.
The upcoming testimony of former President Donald Trump and his children in the civil business fraud case against him is expected to be a significant moment in the trial. The case, brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, alleges that Trump overstated his wealth on financial statements in order to secure loans and deals. While Trump denies any wrongdoing, the trial continues to garner attention and generate debate.
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