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 October 28, 2023

Donald Trump to testify in civil fraud trial starting Nov. 6

The New York attorney general's office has stated that former President Trump is scheduled to begin giving testimony in his civil fraud lawsuit on November 6, following the testimony of his three eldest children.

Even though Trump and his kids weren't officially parties to the massive case, a court determined today that Ivanka Trump must testify for New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), as The Hill reported.

Along with Trump Sr., the Trump Organization, and other executives, Trump's adult sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump were also named in the lawsuit filed by James's office.

In order to pay less in taxes and have better insurance coverage, the Trump Organization is accused in the lawsuit of inflating and deflating the worth of its assets.

According to the New York attorney general's office, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump are scheduled to testify beginning on November 1.

Both Donald Trump and Melania Trump have denied any wrongdoing and have called the case a "witch hunt" and a "political witch hunt."

Shortly after Judge Arthur Engoron determined that Trump's comments to the press violated the gag order, Trump took the stand on Wednesday to defend them.

In November, however, not only the judge but also prosecutors from James's office will be interviewing him and his kids under oath.

The former president's legal team will certainly keep a close eye on his testimony, as he faces indictment in four criminal trials in addition to this civil action.

Two of Trump's lawyers in the New York criminal case, which centers on a hush money payment Cohen made on Trump's behalf, were present in the courtroom while ex-fixer and personal attorney Michael Cohen testified earlier this week.

The seriousness of the case brought against Trump and his corporate empire by the New York attorney general is highlighted by the testimony of Trump and his children.

Engoron found that Trump and his firms were responsible for fraud even before opening statements were made, after concluding that James had proven the core of her case.

Although an appeals court has temporarily stopped the cancellation of Trump's company licenses until it hears his case, the judgment removed several of his business licenses and opened the possibility that he could lose control of some of his famous properties.

The former president is fending off legal challenges, all while keeping his place as the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination, likely ensuring that he will again face now-current President Joe Biden in the upcoming election.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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