Former President Donald Trump has revealed that he will be taking the stand and offering testimony in the $250 million lawsuit brought against him by New York Attorney General Letitia James “at the appropriate time.” That’s going to be a huge news day, of that you can be certain. And there’s little doubt Trump will have a lot to say during the proceedings. Let’s hope that his words and the work of his legal team will successfully combat the attacks by the radical left to try and remove him from the 2024 presidential playing field.
Trump, according to Newsmax, is listed as a witness for both the Defense and the prosecution.
“Yes, I will,” Trump said about testifying in the proccedings in comments he delivered during a lunch break during the second day of his trial on Tuesday, adding, “at the appropriate time, I will be.”
“I think it’s going very well,” he continued. He then repeated some comments he made concerning the “buyer beware” disclaimer featured at the bottom of financial statements.
“It says, ‘Please, you must understand that you have to do your own due diligence and you have to, above all, do your own research and analysis: Do not rely on anything; do not rely on the financial statements,'” Trump explained. “Also, the financial statements are very strong in terms of cash liquidity and everything else.”
“This case is a scam. There can’t be fraud when you’ve told institutions to do their own work. This case is a fraud and scam,” he went on to say.
Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over the civil lawsuit case, took an opportunity to elaborate on a statement Trump claimed was an important victory for his defense. The judge suggested on Monday that testimony concerning Trump’s 2011 financial statement could potentially be past the legal time limit for it to be applicable to the current suit. It alleges that the former president and his company lied multiple times about his wealth on important financial statements delivered to banks, insurers, and others, which resulted in his being given better loans.
Here’s more from the report:
The relevant statute of limitations rules out claims related to activities before a date in 2014, and Trump’s legal team has argued that the time limit cuts off most of the case.
Engoron said Tuesday that “statutes of limitations bar claims, not evidence” and at the trial’s early stage, he’s inclined to give both sides considerably leeway to connect older evidence to claims in the lawsuit.
“I want to emphasize: This trial is not an opportunity to relitigate what I have already decided,” Engoron said.
He ruled last week that all the claims were allowable under the statute of limitations.
A lawyer for James’ office, Kevin Wallace, went on to suggest he was using the 2011 document to show Trump’s financial statements were prepared in the same manner — giving him and his company the final say over the valuations that appeared — for at least a decade.
The accountant who helped to prepare the statements for a number of years, Donald Bender, offered testimony where he said that Trump and his company gave the numbers for each of the documents. He said that the spreadsheets were marked “PBC” which means “prepared by client.”
“Trump plans to testify later in the trial, but he does not have to attend it now. While grumbling that hed would rather be on the campaign trail, the Republican former president and 2024 GOP front-runner has used the waiting cameras in a courthouse hallway as a microphone for political messaging. He claims that James, a Democrat, is wielding the justice system as a political cudgel to hobble his ongoing campaign,” the report stated.
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