FRAUD CASE: Lawyers Grill Trump For Hours

Former United States (US) President Donald Trump answered questions for nearly seven hours Thursday during his second deposition in a legal battle with New York’s Attorney General over his company’s practices, reversing an earlier decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, according to Associated Press.

The Republican former US President reportedly met all day with lawyers for Attorney General Letitia James, who sued Trump last year.

Her lawsuit claims Trump and his family allegedly misled banks and business associates by giving them false information about his net worth and the value of assets such as hotels and golf courses.

After the deposition was finished, a lawyer for Trump’s businesses, Christopher Kise, said that the former President had spent nearly seven hours “describing in detail his extraordinary business success”.

James’ lawsuit focused on allegations that Trump lied repeatedly about his own wealth and exaggerated the value of his assets on financial statements.

In a social media post Thursday morning, Trump called the suit “ridiculous, just like all of the other Election Interference cases being brought against me”.

Trump previously met with James’ lawyers August 10, 2022, but refused to answer all but a few procedural questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights more than 400 times.

At the time, James had not yet brought her lawsuit and it was unclear whether questions about the way Trump valued his company would become the basis of a criminal case.

“Anyone in my position not taking the Fifth Amendment would be a fool, an absolute fool,” he said in that deposition, which was recorded on video and later released publicly.

Trump predicted a “renegade” prosecutor would try to make a criminal case out of his answers, if he gave them.

He raised a fist as he left his apartment at Trump Tower in the morning, arriving by motorcade at the Attorney-General’s office around 9:40 AM.

The two sides took a break for lunch.

Trump departed in the motorcade just before 6:15 PM and did not stop to speak to reporters.

The lawsuit James brought is scheduled to go to trial in October.

Video recordings of Trump’s depositions could potentially be played at the trial, if the lawsuit is not settled.

Thursday’s deposition was conducted in private.

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