On Thursday (April 13), former President Donald Trump returned to a New York courtroom and was questioned under oath for “nearly seven hours” in a case about business fraud brought against him by the state of New York.
The revelation was made by Trump’s Attorneys and followed the former President’s arraignment in Manhattan earlier this month, where Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying corporate records in connection with an unrelated Investigation, the latest in a string of legal entanglements Trump has faced.
Thursday’s deposition stems from a civil Lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, which alleges Trump and his children committed fraud by overvaluing Trump corporation assets by billions of dollars.
The case seeks $250 million in fines, which James believes is how much Trump profited from the alleged fraud, and for the Trump family to be banned from doing business in New York.
The Trump Organization is also a defendant in the lawsuit along with Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump.
The deposition is part of discovery in the case before it goes to trial.
Although the content of the deposition is private, Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba revealed the former President did not refuse to answer any questions.
That wasn’t the care lade year when Trump made his first appearance in a deposition. Instead, the former President invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination hundreds of times, avoiding answering questions.
Before the deposition, Habba released a statement describing Trump we being “willing” and “eager” to testify.
However, Habba explained Trump remains adamant in his about having ‘nothing to conceal” and was looking forward to educating James on the tremendous success of his multi-billion dollar business.