On Monday, former President Donald Trump will be appearing in New York to testify in his own defense during a civil trial concerning allegations of fraudulent statements made in order to obtain loans and insurance for his business.
The Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, has suggested that the session could be highly intense.
“Next week, Donald Trump himself will take the stand,” she said in a video posted to social media.
She added: “And while I am sure he will try to hide his wrongdoing behind taunts, threats and name-calling, we will not be bullied out of uncovering the truth.”
Today, we heard testimony from Donald Trump's sons and co-defendants, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
They pretend that they were not involved in their family's fraudulent business.
But the facts tell a very different story. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/m5X0B8saa0
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) November 2, 2023
Liberal media outlets have devoted considerable reporting efforts to the event, analyzing its potential implications and presenting the charges in an unfavorable manner towards President Trump.
“Donald Trump is set to testify in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday in the $250 million civil fraud case that threatens to unravel the sweeping real estate empire and business bona fides the former president relied upon in his unlikely ascent to the White House,” U.S. News and World Report said.
The outlet opined that “Beyond having a former president testify under oath, Trump taking the stand in his civil trial creates an unusual situation – one in which his bombastic nature and tendency to misrepresent will be constrained.”
Many conservatives have argued that the charges are politically driven, with the intent to impede Trump’s ambitions of reclaiming the presidency in 2024. Trump has described these proceedings as a “witch hunt,” as reported by Fox News on Thursday.
On Friday's "Wake Up America," Jordan Sekulow says the Trump civil fraud trial in New York is only happening to keep Donald Trump out of the White House and to get Letitia James elected governor.@JordanSekulow @RobFinnertyUSA @SharlaMcBride pic.twitter.com/tiLh7YE7BS
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 3, 2023
Eric Trump spoke with the media on Friday following his testimony, expressing indignation at what he perceives as an unjustified assault on his father’s business.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Trump said. “We have an unbelievable company. We have some of the best assets anywhere in the world. We’ve never had a default, we’ve never missed a loan payment.”
He went on to say that the Trump Organization employs thousands of people and manages “the most significant buildings, some of the best golf courses, so many other great properties.”
The former president is the only one scheduled to testify in the proceedings that day, ABC News reported.
“We will reconvene on Monday at 10 a.m., and the first witness will be …?” Engoron asked Friday, according to the report.
“The only witness will be Donald J. Trump,” state attorney Andrew Amer replied.