Trump to retake stand in New York fraud trial
Published December 10, 2023
Donald Trump will give the final word in his defense against claims his business engaged in a decade of fraud as the New York trial threatening his business empire nears its end.
The former president is expected to take the witness stand for a third time Monday, this time under questioning from his own legal team.
In testimony last month during the state’s case, Trump defended his business practices by downplaying key financial documents and declaring the trial corrupt. His fiery testimony often grew political, more akin to a stump speech than a direct examination as he railed against the judge and New York attorney general whom he decried as “frauds” and “political hacks.”
“It’s a disgrace that a case like this is going on; all you have to do is read the legal scholars — the papers — and you’ll know,” Trump testified in November, raising his voice. “This is a political witch hunt.”
But with Trump’s counsel steering the questioning this time, the former president will have significantly more latitude to set the narrative and espouse his side of the story.
Throughout the defense case, which began in mid-November, several witnesses reprised previous testimony while offering up their own spin.
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RELATED: Trump Warns Outcome of His Trial Could Be Devastating for New York
Published December 8, 2023
As usual, former President Donald Trump had it right on principle. At the same time, however — for reasons he probably would acknowledge — his correct assertion might not have the consequences we would otherwise assume.
In comments during a break in his civil fraud trial Thursday in New York City, Trump warned that his ongoing persecution at the hands of New York state Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron and Attorney General Letitia James could have a chilling effect on other businesses in the state.
“Businesses are watching this case. No business will go back into New York. No business will, frankly, stay in New York. A lot of businesses are talking about leaving New York because of this action. This is a very serious action,” the former president said.
Ron Filipkowski, editor-in-chief of the extremely anti-Trump MeidasTouch.com, shared the clip online Thursday night.
“Trump says all businesses in NY will leave the state if he loses his case,” Filipkowski said in the X post.
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RELATED: Trump Arrives At N.Y. Fraud Trial Days Before Testifying For Final Time
Published December 7, 2023
Former President Donald Trump arrived at a New York courthouse Thursday to attend the ongoing civil fraud trial against him and his company, returning to the courtroom after weeks away as the monthslong trial enters its final days — and as he prepares to take the stand for a second time next week.
- Trump decried the case against him to reporters before he entered the courtroom, claiming, “We did nothing wrong” and “there’s not a judge in the country that wouldn’t have given us a total victory.”
- Reports emerged last week that Trump would attend his fraud trial Thursday, after staying away from the legal proceedings in the weeks since he testified in November.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing Trump, his business associates—including his sons—and the Trump Organization for allegedly fraudulently misstating the value of their assets in order to obtain more favorable business deals and boost Trump’s net worth. Trump’s appearance in court also comes after a gag order against him speaking about court staff was reinstated by an appeals court—which the judge says Trump once violated during a previous stint in the courtroom when speaking with reporters.
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