Former President Donald Trump is set to be the star witness in his own $250 million civil fraud trial.
New York Attorney General Letitia James plans to call Trump as the state’s second-to-last witness, alleging that Trump and his adult sons relied on false statements of financial condition to conduct a decade of business.
“Trump can try to hide his wrongdoings behind taunts and threats, but we will not be bullied out of uncovering the truth,” James said.
Trump has denied all wrongdoing and criticized James and the judge as politically motivated.
“This judge is a very partisan judge, with a person who’s very partisan sitting alongside of him, perhaps even much more partisan than he is,” Trump said, referring to the judge’s clerk.
The judge overseeing the case has partially ruled in favor of the state, finding Trump and his sons liable for using false statements.
Trump’s appearance on the witness stand follows testimony from his sons and his former lawyer Michael Cohen.
“Many lawyers have come to me and said, ‘You have the greatest worthless clause I’ve ever seen,’” Trump said.
The judge will ultimately decide what penalties, if any, Trump and his sons will face.
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