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Donald Trump returns to court for civil fraud trial

Donald Trump returns to court for civil fraud trial

Donald Trump appeared again on Thursday for his civil trial on charges of financial fraud in a New York court, repeating that the measures taken against him were unfair.

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The former US president, along with two of his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, is accused of inflating the value of the Trump Organization’s real estate assets by billions of dollars in the first decade of the twenty-first century to obtain better loans from banks.

Trump’s camp denies any fraud.

Before the session opened, Donald Trump protested on social media against these lawsuits, claiming that “the case was decided against(s) before it even began.”

During this trial, the former president, who was in pole position to win the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, repeatedly accused Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over the proceedings, of being “crazy, completely unbalanced and dangerous” and “doing what is needed.” “The Democratic Party’s Dirty Work.”

He also accused New York State Attorney General Letitia James of being “corrupt” and “racist.”

Donald Trump, who testified in the case on November 6 and is scheduled to take the stand again as a witness on December 11, attended Thursday’s hearing as a spectator.

Dressed in a dark blue suit, he again said he was the victim of a “witch hunt” on his way to court.

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“It is a witch hunt and a very corrupt trial,” he assured the media.

In the courtroom, Donald Trump reviewed documents while his lawyers questioned Eli Bartov, an accounting professor, who provided evidence on behalf of the former president.

“Three or four percent of companies reported making errors in their financial statements. Financial errors are normal. They are inevitable,” Eli Bartov said.

He also said that accounting rules, which do not take into account intangible assets, such as a company’s bad reputation for example, meant that the true value of Donald Trump’s assets was underestimated.

He added: “There is no doubt that the Trump brand is worth billions (…) but it does not appear in the financial statements.”

This trial is just one of the legal trials that await Donald Trump. In particular, from March 2024 he must appear before federal justice in Washington for his alleged attempts to reverse the result of the 2020 elections.