Why Donald Trump’s children will testify in his civil fraud trial

  • Author: Phil McCausland
  • BBC News, Washington

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Donald Jr. (left), Eric (right) and Ivanka Trump (right) will all testify in their father’s fraud trial. The two sons are co-accused

Donald Trump’s three children will appear at the former president’s fraud trial in New York in the next few days.

Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and their sister Ivanka Trump are expected to testify.

Trump’s sons, who are leaders in the Trump Organization, are also co-defendants in the case. All three deny guilt.

The $250m (£206m) fraud trial, launched by New York Attorney General Letitia James, accuses the former president of inflating the value of his properties.

Judge Arthur Engoron, who is overseeing the case, previously ruled that Mr. Trump routinely lied in his financial statements and overstated his net worth by billions of dollars. The overvaluation allowed Mr. Trump to get favorable loan rates and lower insurance premiums, the judge said.

The current case will decide the penalties and whether the defendants violated New York state laws.

When are we supposed to testify?

Donald Trump Jr. will perform on November 1st, and Eric Trump will perform on November 2nd.

Their father is scheduled to testify on Monday, November 6.

Ivanka Trump’s lawyers tried to overturn a subpoena calling her to testify in court. But the judge ruled that she must appear and she will be questioned on Wednesday, November 8.

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Watch: Trump attacks ex-lawyer ahead of court appearance

How Don Jr and Eric Trump are connected to the case

Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump became their father’s political surrogates while running the Trump Organization while he was in the Oval Office.

Both are defendants in the case and hold the title of executive vice president at their father’s company.

Those titles meant the two sons were “closely involved in the operations of the Trump Organization,” the New York attorney general said. claimed in court filings.

“They were aware of the real financial operations of the company,” the prosecution added.

Eric Trump, who for a time oversaw the development of luxury golf, denied having anything to do with the valuation of Trump’s golf courses. He asserted that “I pour concrete, I manage real estate, I don’t focus on valuations” in a video of his statement.

During testimony at the start of the trial, David McArdle, a real estate executive who handled property valuations for the Trump Organization, said Eric Trump’s statement of non-involvement was false. US media coverage.

Donald Trump Jr., who played a key role in overseeing commercial leasing, laughed off prosecutors’ accounting questions, according to a video of his statement.

Both brothers denied any knowledge of the crimes.

Ivanka Trump: The New Witness

She was the defendant, and now Ivanka Trump is a witness in the trial against her father and brothers.

Prosecutor’s office they claim in court filings that Trump’s eldest daughter was “the main point of contact and negotiator with Deutsche Bank” for the three high-profile loans at the center of the case. Ivanka Trump is said to have received one of the loans for the Old Post Office building in Washington DC, which sparked controversy for serving as the Trump International Hotel during her father’s presidency.

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The hotel, which no longer belongs to the Trump Organization, is on Pennsylvania Avenue and less than a mile from the White House.

They also claimed she remained “financially and professionally with the Trump Organization.” Prosecutors said he was still under the “surveillance” of the company and the defendants.

Ivanka Trump was executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization. She joined in 2005, shortly after graduating from business school, and left in 2017 to help her father as a White House adviser.

She was previously named as a defendant in the lawsuit, but an appeals court dismissed the case against her over the summer due to the statute of limitations.

Donald Trump’s lawyers claimed that Attorney General Letitia James tried to “harass and burden President Trump’s daughter” by forcing her to testify.

Judge Engoron rejected their argument and gave Mrs Trump until November 1 to appeal the decision.

Mr Trump reacted angrily to the news that his children would take a stand. He spoke about it twice on social networks, calling the judge a “party political hacker” and the case a “witch hunt.”

Another co-defendant in the case is former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, who has already pleaded guilty to tax crimes.

Jeff McConney, the executive director of the Trump Organization from 1987 to February 2023, was granted immunity in the case to face the Trumps and testified that he helped company executives evade taxes and inflated the former president’s fortune.

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