Donald Trump returns to court today as New York fraud trial nears end

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Former President Donald Trump returned to court to attend Thursday’s proceedings in his civil fraud trial in New York as his defense calls its latest expert witness to the stand.

Trump has attended the trial, which began on October 2, eight times before, including by his testimony of November 6. That day he clashed with Judge Arthur Engoron, deflecting questions and earning reprimands.

Trump, two of his children and his company are accused of participating in a decade-long fraud scheme involving gross misrepresentations of Trump’s wealth to attract favorable rates on loans and insurance. All have denied wrongdoing in the case. Eric Trump joined his father in court Thursday.

Former President Donald Trump attends his civil fraud trial in New York State Supreme Court on December 7, 2023.


New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking to recover $250 million for the state, as well as sanctions against the defendants designed to severely limit their ability to do business in New York.

Trump infuriated James when he was in court on Nov. 6, saying “she should be ashamed of herself.”

He and Engoron have also been at odds since early in the trial, when Trump published a social media post attacking the judge’s law clerk. The judge then imposed a limited gag orderthat Trump he raged against and twice brokenincurring fines of $15,000.

Three of Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump, also testified during the trial. Both children are charged in the case, but Ivanka Trump is not. She was originally a defendant, but the allegations against her were dismissed by an appeals court that ruled they were outside the statute of limitations.

On Thursday, the Trumps’ defense planned to call Eli Bartov, a New York University accounting professor who is expected to testify about the role of property valuations in financial statements that are at the center of the fraud case.

Donald Trump himself is scheduled to be the last witness called in his own defense on Monday, December 11.

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