Donald Trump Jr. is expected to take the stand Wednesday in New York and testify in the $250 million civil fraud case against himself, his brother, and his father’s business.
The case revolves around claims by New York Attorney General Letitia James that former president Donald Trump and his company committed fraud by overvaluing assets to gain better terms for insurance and loans, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
New York District Judge Arthur Engoron has already ruled that Trump and his business defrauded banks through falsified business statements, resulting in the judge rescinding Trump’s business license in the state of New York, as covered by The Dallas Express.
Trump Jr.’s testimony will be the first time prosecutors have been able to question a member of the Trump family on the stand. Still, multiple other family members are expected to take the stand later in the trial, per NBC 5 DFW.
Eric Trump will take the stand on November 2, followed by the former president on November 6, and his daughter Ivanka Trump on November 8.
Trump Jr. and Eric became the company’s executive vice presidents in 2017 after their father was sworn in as president. Still, they have since downplayed their involvement in the prosecutor’s allegations, per NBC 5.
Despite Trump Jr. downplaying his involvement in the allegations, James and her team claim he had more involvement than he said.
“Documents obtained by [Attorney General James] establish that Donald Trump, Jr. received his own memoranda discussing the general financial position of the Trump Organization and detailed analyses as to the performance of specific assets,” wrote prosecutors in the lawsuit, per CBS News.
Similarly, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testified on October 25 and claimed that each of Trump’s three children involved had a role in the falsified statements before Trump was elected president.
Trump and his team have claimed that the case is rigged against them and is a political stunt by James in an attempt to gain more power.
The former president posted to his social media platform Truth Social to say that the case is a “Political Witch Hunt.”
“This is a ‘Railroading’ job, pushed hard by the Radical Left DOJ for purposing Election Interference. A very SAD time for New York State, and America!” added Trump.
Trump Jr. has posted similar statements on social media, claiming on X that the state is targeting the Trump family.
“They’ve set the game up so it’s always lose/lose in these blue states. If you don’t abide by their narrative they will target you,” wrote Trump Jr. on September 26.
Throughout much of the case, Trump has been under a limited gag order that prevents him from discussing the court staff publicly.
Trump has violated the gag order twice already and has been fined $15,000 for accusing Engoron’s aide of bias, according to Reuters.
Although Trump has been fined for criticizing the aide, he has not been fined for the multiple shots taken at Engoron directly.
Trump has posted to his Truth Social account multiple times to slam Engoron, with the most recent post coming on November 1 when he called the judge a “disgrace to the legal profession!”