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Donald Trump to testify beneath oath in New York fraud lawsuit

Donald Trump was again in New York on Thursday to reply questions in a civil case accusing the ex-president and three of his kids of enterprise fraud.

The behind-closed-doors deposition comes every week after Trump’s historic arraignment on legal expenses in a Manhattan courtroom in a separate case.

The 76-year-old Republican was to be questioned beneath oath within the lawsuit introduced by New York state legal professional normal Letitia James.

Trump pumped his fist as he left Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue shortly after 9:30 am (1330 GMT), arriving at James’s workplace in decrease Manhattan round 10:00 am.

“This civil case is ridiculous, similar to the entire different Election Interference instances being introduced in opposition to me,” he wrote on his social media web site Reality Social.

James sued Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump in September final 12 months alleging they dedicated “unimaginable” fraud on the Trump Group.

Her lawsuit asserts that they lied to tax collectors, lenders and insurers for years in a scheme that routinely misstated the worth of the group’s properties to counterpoint themselves. James stated they offered fraudulent statements of Trump’s internet price and false asset valuations “to acquire and fulfill loans, get insurance coverage advantages, and pay decrease taxes.”

Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in subsequent 12 months’s presidential election, has used his widespread chorus of “witch hunt” to explain the case.

He appeared for six hours of questioning within the probe final August, shortly earlier than James filed her lawsuit.

In a dramatic court docket look final Tuesday that transfixed the nation, Trump denied 34 felony counts associated to hush cash paid to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly earlier than the 2016 election that introduced him to energy.

He grew to become the primary former or sitting president to ever be charged with a criminal offense.

That case has been criticized nearly unanimously by Republican officers, together with congressional leaders who’ve requested Manhattan’s District Lawyer Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, to testify in regards to the probe earlier than Congress.

James, additionally an elected Democrat, has requested that Trump pay no less than $250 million in penalties — a sum she says he constituted of the alleged fraud — and that his household be banned from working companies within the state.

No legal expenses can stem from her case, which is anticipated to go to trial later this 12 months.

Trump faces a slew of state, federal, and congressional probes that threaten to complicate his bid to regain the presidency.

They embody his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss within the state of Georgia, his alleged mishandling of labeled paperwork taken from the White Home and his involvement within the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

A civil trial for a sexual assault and defamation lawsuit introduced by former journal columnist E. Jean Carroll in opposition to Trump is scheduled to begin in New York later this month.

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