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Former President Donald Trump heads back to New York for trial on civil fraud charges.

Donald Trump Returns to New York for Civil Fraud Trial

Donald Trump Faces Civil Fraud Trial in New York

Donald Trump, the former U.S. president and current frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is set to appear in a New York court for the third week of a civil fraud trial. The trial could potentially dismantle key components of Trump’s business empire. Trump is accused of inflating his net worth to secure more favorable loan terms, a charge he vehemently denies.

Trump’s Court Appearance Amidst Campaigning

Trump’s return to court coincides with his recent campaign stop in Iowa, where he continues to rally support for his potential White House bid in 2024. Despite his busy schedule, Trump’s presence in court is crucial as the trial continues to unfold.

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Witnesses Expected to Testify

The trial will feature key testimonies from individuals close to Trump’s business dealings. Jack Weisselberg, son of former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, is expected to take the stand. Additionally, a real estate appraiser involved in valuing Trump’s 40 Wall Street property will provide testimony.

Allegations of Overstating Property Values

New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges that Trump manipulated property valuations to secure significant financial gains. The lawsuit claims that Trump overstated the value of his properties in documents provided to banks, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten savings.

Trump’s Defense and Attacks

Trump adamantly denies any wrongdoing and defends the accuracy of his property valuations. He dismisses the case as a “fraud” and has criticized both Letitia James and the presiding judge. The judge previously ruled against Trump in a separate case, ordering the dissolution of companies controlling Trump’s real estate assets, including Trump Tower in Manhattan.

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The Trial’s Focus on Damages

The current trial primarily centers around determining the extent of damages. Letitia James seeks fines of at least $250 million, a permanent ban on Trump and his sons Donald Jr and Eric from running businesses in New York, as well as a five-year commercial real estate ban against Trump and the Trump Organization.

Trump’s Vocal Response

During the initial days of the trial, Trump made fiery remarks to reporters outside the courtroom, referring to the case as a “sham” and a “scam.” He accused his political rivals of conducting a “witch hunt” to prevent his potential return to the White House in the 2024 election.

Gag Order Imposed on Trump

Due to his previous attack on a court clerk on his Truth Social platform, Trump has been placed under a gag order. He is prohibited from publicly discussing court staff to maintain the integrity of the trial proceedings.

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