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Trump In Court, Won’t Testify In Fraud Case For Weeks

Won't Testify In Fraud Case For Weeks

  • Former President Donald Trump on Monday appeared in a Manhattan court for the start of a civil trial over claims brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, after a judge already ruled that the former president committed fraud while building his business empire.
  • Trump is not expected to testify in the case for several more weeks, according to The Associated Press.
  • The former president’s appearance is a break from his previous practices. He did not show up in court when former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty to tax fraud last year. He also did not appear when a jury found him liable for battery and defamation in claims brought by author E. Jean Carroll.
  • In the latest civil trial, the prosecutor is seeking $250 million in penalties and a ban on business in the state. Additionally, if Engoron’s ruling from last week is upheld on appeal, Trump would be forced to give up some of his iconic New York properties such as Trump Tower, and some of his companies would be controlled by a court-appointed receiver.
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