How ridiculous is this?
Former President Donald Trump was questioned under oath for nearly seven hours in a business fraud case brought by the state of New York. The case alleges that Trump and his children systematically committed fraud by overvaluing Trump’s assets by billions of dollars. The case seeks a $250 million penalty and to effectively prevent the Trump family from continuing to do business in the state. The Trump Organization is also a defendant in the suit, alongside Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump.
The lengthy deposition is part of the discovery phase of the case before trial. During his first deposition in this case last year, Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination hundreds of times to avoid questions. However, Trump did not refuse to answer any questions in this deposition.
Trump and his legal team have repeatedly claimed no wrongdoing in the case and that the Attorney General is politically motivated, calling the case “another witch hunt.” However, two judges have denied attempts to halt the investigation on those grounds. Trump also faces other criminal investigations, including one in New York and two in Washington D.C., looking into Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 insurrection and his handling of classified documents, and one in Georgia investigating his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election in that state.