Second round of questioning for Donald Trump in fraud lawsuit
Former President Donald Trump is facing a second round of questioning on Thursday in connection with the fraud lawsuit filed against him and the Trump Organization by New York Attorney General Letitia James. It is widely expected that Trump will plead the fifth amendment, as he did during his first deposition in late 2020. The lawsuit alleges that Trump and his company misled banks and others about the value of his assets, and seeks to recover more than $250 million in ill-gotten gains from fraud.
The scope of the lawsuit and those involved
The lawsuit not only names Trump, but James will also target several members of his family, including his daughter Ivanka. James is also seeking to bar the Trumps from serving as executives of any company operating in New York. The trial date has been set for October and the judge overseeing the case has made it clear that he will not move the start date to accommodate delays in the discovery process, which has been ongoing for months.
Additional legal troubles faced by the Trump Organization
The Trump Organization is not only facing the lawsuit brought by Attorney General James, but also multiple criminal investigations and lawsuits. These include a federal investigation into possible violations of federal laws related to tax evasion and bank fraud. Former campaign staffer and political strategist, Roger Stone, was also charged with seven criminal counts related to the Mueller investigation and was pardoned by Trump on the eve of his departure from office.