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Donald Trump to Testify in Real Estate Fraud Case, $250 Million in Penalties, and Trump Empire at Stake

Former U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to testify in a civil case in New York that could have significant ramifications for his real estate empire and pose a financial threat as he seeks to return to the White House in 2024.

Key Points:

  • Donald Trump is scheduled to take the stand in a New York civil case.
  • He will testify alongside Arthur Engoron, the judge overseeing the case, who he has criticized as a “Trump-hating radical left, Democrat operative.”
  • Trump has been fined twice by Judge Engoron for violating a partial gag order.
  • The case, brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, accuses the Trump Organization of inflating the value of its assets to secure more favorable loans and insurance terms.
  • While facing up to $250 million in penalties and potential removal from the management of his family company, Trump and his sons do not risk going to jail.
  • Judge Engoron ruled that James’ office had shown “conclusive evidence” of Trump overstating his net worth on financial documents by billions of dollars.
  • The case could result in the liquidation of companies managing assets, including Trump Tower, 40 Wall Street skyscrapers, and Seven Springs estate.
  • Ivanka Trump, not a co-defendant in the case, has also been ordered to testify.
  • Trump has sporadically appeared during the trial, framing himself as the victim of a Democratic plot.
  • The civil fraud trial is one of several legal challenges Trump faces.

Despite his public persona, Trump’s testimony is expected to adopt a more conservative defense, similar to that of his sons, attributing responsibility for financial statements to accountants.

The case, along with other legal challenges, is part of the broader landscape as Trump pursues a return to the presidency. While the legal battles have garnered significant media attention, they have not significantly impacted his popularity in the polls.

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