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Trump: Trump back in New York for questioning in state civil fraud case

Trump: Trump back in New York for questioning in state civil fraud case

NEW YORK: Former President donald trump arrived for questioning Thursday in a $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against him by the new York Attorney General.
The deposition will take place behind closed doors and has not garnered the kind of attention that his handing over on separate criminal charges did last week.
There were a handful of protesters outside the New York Attorney General Letitia James‘ offices in lower Manhattan when Asset arrived, with a group carrying a banner that read “No one is above the law”.
Trump, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, will be asked about his business practices during the deposition. The lawsuit accuses him and others of a decade-long scheme to manipulate property values ​​and his net worth in order to obtain favorable loans and tax benefits.
The trial in this case is due to begin on October 2. Thursday’s deposition could be used to try to discredit any testimony Trump might give at trial, or be offered as testimony if he is unavailable to appear.
This isn’t the first time Trump has faced the New York attorney general. Questioned in August, before the case was filed, Trump invoked his right against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution more than 400 times. Legal experts say the attorney general is also entitled to a deposition after the complaint is filed.
“I will finally be able to show what a great, profitable and valuable business I have built,” Trump said in a post on the Social truth Thursday morning after he attacked the attorney general and what he called his “persecution,” as well as the judge handling the case and the district attorney who filed the separate criminal charges.
Trump, whose April 4 surrender drew worldwide media attention and a huge police presence, returned home to Florida after pleading not guilty.
These charges were linked to allegations that he orchestrated a silent payment to a porn star ahead of the 2016 election in return for her silence about an alleged sexual relationship.
Trump said the sexual encounter did not take place. It was the first time a US president had been criminally charged while in office or after.
Trump also faces federal investigations stemming from his handling of government documents after leaving the White House and alleged attempts to overturn his 2020 election defeat as well as a state-level investigation in Georgia into whether he unlawfully sought to overturn the 2020 election results there.
In addition, a trial is scheduled for April 25 in federal court in New York to find out whether Trump defamed former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll by denying he raped her. Trump is seeking to delay this trial.

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