The civil trial towards former President Donald Trump, his household and his enterprise empire will proceed on Wednesday, with extra witness testimony as New York Lawyer Basic Letitia James seeks to current her case that the Trump Group fraudulently overstated the worth of its property.

Trump attended the primary two days of the trial this week, and is anticipated to attend Wednesday as properly.

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The court docket is anticipated to reconvene Wednesday morning after New York Choose Arthur Engoron imposed a partial gag order barring all events from partaking in any verbal assaults towards court docket workers after the previous president criticized a member of the choose’s workplace on social media.

A sketch of Donald Trump in court

A court docket sketch depicts former President Donald Trump’s look in civil court docket in New York, New York on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. (Christine Cornell)

The gag order applies to each Workforce Trump and Workforce James. The publication order solely applies to verbal assaults on workers after the “defendant” posted on social media “an offensive, unfaithful and personally figuring out publish a few member of my workers.”

Engoron added on Tuesday afternoon that “private assaults on court docket workers members are unacceptable and inappropriate” and warned that they won’t be tolerated.

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With out naming the previous president, Engoron was referring to Trump’s now-deleted publish on his Fact Social account about Engoron’s regulation author Allison Greenfield.

Trump and Ingoron are in court

L – Former President Donald Trump. P – New York Choose Arthur Engoron (Fox Information)

Tuesday’s proceedings additionally included persevering with testimony from Donald Bender of the accounting agency Mazars USA LLP. Bender’s testimony Monday targeted on monetary data courting again to 2011, which fall outdoors the statute of limitations.

The Manhattan Appellate Division determined this summer season that AG James may not sue over transactions that allegedly occurred earlier than July 13, 2014, or February 6, 2016, relying on the defendant.

Trump’s protection objected to the statute of limitations for each doc on which Bandar was questioned, however Engoron maintained that they didn’t want to take action, saying, as an alternative, that the “continued objection” was enough.

Nonetheless, Trump’s protection mentioned they have been involved in regards to the exceptions, and mentioned they supposed to proceed to object.

Bandar, who spent a number of years making ready Trump’s tax returns, testified that he regularly interacted with the Trump Group in making ready monetary statements or steadiness sheets.

Attorney General Letitia James arrives to begin the civil fraud trial of former President Donald Trump

Lawyer Basic Letitia James arrives to start the civil fraud trial of former President Donald Trump within the New York State Supreme Courtroom. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Photographs)

Bender testified that he took no steps to confirm the accuracy of the knowledge supplied. He solely raised an issue if one thing blatant got here up.

A part of Bender’s testimony Tuesday targeted on monetary paperwork from 2017 by 2019, and he famous that he knew appraisal paperwork for sure years had not been supplied to Mazars.

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Bender mentioned he believes these paperwork ought to have been seen earlier than Mazars ready the compilation.

Bender continued to testify that if Mazars had identified in regards to the lacking value determinations, it might not have issued an announcement of monetary situation.

Former US President Donald Trump sits in a courtroom in New York

Former US President Donald Trump seems within the courtroom for the beginning of his civil fraud trial within the New York State Supreme Courtroom on October 02, 2023 in New York Metropolis. (Brendan McDiarmid-Pole/Getty Photographs)

James, a Democrat, filed the lawsuit towards Trump final yr alleging that he and his firm misled banks and others in regards to the worth of his property. James alleged that Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, in addition to his companions and firms, dedicated “quite a few acts of fraud and misrepresentation” of their monetary statements.

An enchantment ruling issued in the summertime dismissed Ivanka Trump as a defendant.

Trump criticized James for submitting the lawsuit. As a result of there was no jury for the trial; Engoron described him as “corrupt”.

A Trump spokesman mentioned: “The Lawyer Basic introduced this case below a shopper safety regulation that denies the appropriate to a jury.” “There was by no means an possibility to decide on a jury trial. It’s unlucky {that a} jury won’t be able to listen to how absurd the deserves of this case are and conclude that completely no wrongdoing occurred.”


Engoron dominated final week that Trump and the Trump Group dedicated fraud whereas constructing his actual property empire by deceiving banks, insurance coverage corporations and others by overstating his property and overstating his internet price on paper used to make offers and safe financing.

Engoron’s ruling got here after James filed a lawsuit towards Trump, his youngsters and the Trump Group, alleging that the previous president “inflated his internet price by billions of {dollars}” and saying his youngsters helped him achieve this.

Fox Information’ Maria Baronich contributed to this report.

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