Title: Trump Jr. Returns to the Witness Stand in $250 Million Civil Fraud Case
Subtitle: Defense Hopes for Trump Jr.’s Testimony to Help Tilt Trial in Favor of Father
Donald Trump Jr. is set to take the witness stand once again on Monday in the ongoing $250 million civil fraud case against his father, former President Donald Trump, and other top executives at the Trump Organization. This marks his second appearance in less than two weeks as part of the defense’s efforts to dismiss the allegations.
During his previous testimony, Trump Jr. distanced himself from the allegedly fraudulent financial statements, shifting the blame onto the experts and accountants who worked closely with the Trump Organization. The defense aims to clarify any lingering doubts from his previous statements and hopes that his new testimony will provide a favorable outcome for his father.
New York Attorney General Letitia James rested her case last week, accusing Donald Trump and his adult sons of inflating their assets to secure more favorable loan terms. The prosecution argued that internal contradictions within Trump’s financial statements indicated the use of fraudulent documents, a point that Judge Arthur Engoron had previously ruled in favor of. The defense, however, has continuously claimed that the case is politically motivated and has appealed Engoron’s ruling.
Trump Jr.’s previous testimony saw moments of levity as he joked with the judge and distanced himself from the creation of his father’s financial statements, stating his reliance on external accountants. The defense argues that the case lacks victims or injuries and that the state has failed to prove that lenders would not have loaned money to Trump if they had known about the inflated assets.
In a recent victory for the defense, the judge denied a motion to exclude four expert witnesses from testifying, although he stressed that debate on established facts would not be permitted. The defense intends to rest its case by December 15, bringing an end to this high-profile trial that has captured national attention.
As the trial progresses, Jala News will continue to provide updates on the proceedings and the outcome of Donald Trump Sr.’s defense against the allegations of civil fraud. Stay tuned for further developments in this closely-watched legal battle.
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