Former U.S. President Donald Trump returned to New York to answer questions under oath on Thursday in a $250 million business fraud lawsuit brought against him by the state attorney general.
Donald spent nearly seven hours answering questions; in the lawsuit that accuses him and three of his children of fraud, according to his lawyer, New York Times reports.
This development follows the former president’s historic indictment; in an unrelated criminal case regarding hush payments to adult actress Stormy Daniels.
New York Attorney General Letitia James has; accused the former president, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump of lying to tax authorities, lenders, and insurers for years as part of an “incredible” fraud at the Trump Organization.
The ex-president arrived at James’s office before 10:00 am (14:00 GMT) for the deposition, which was conducted in private, and returned to Trump Tower, his New York residence and headquarters of the Trump Organization, a little after 6:30 pm (10:30 GMT).
The ex-president previously attended James’s office in August, during which he refused to answer most questions and; invoked his right to silence several hundred times.
Christopher Kise, a lawyer for Trump’s businesses, said the former president spent nearly seven hours; answering questions about his “extraordinary business success” and; that “everyone will scoff at the notion any fraud took place” once the facts are out in the open.
Ahead of his testimony, Trump, who is facing a slew of civil and criminal investigations, described the lawsuit as “another unjust & ridiculous persecution”.
“This civil case is ridiculous, just like all of the other Election Interference cases being; brought against me,” Trump wrote on his social media site Truth Social.
James’s lawsuit alleges; that the Trump family routinely misstated the value of the Trump Organization’s properties for their own enrichment.
The ex-President last week; pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges related to hush money payments; made during his successful run for president in 2016.
Republicans have condemned the hush-money case; as a politically-motivated effort by Manhattan’s District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, to derail the ex-President’s candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.
According to the report, the former American president is; also under investigation; over his bid to overturn the results of the 2020 election, the alleged mishandling of classified documents, and his involvement in the January 6 riot at the US Capital.
He is; facing a civil lawsuit filed by E Jean Carroll, a former magazine columnist who has accused the ex-President of defamation and sexual assault.