Donald Trump Jr back in NYC court to testify for the defense in civil case

Donald Trump Jr is expected to testify both Monday and Tuesday.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
On Monday, Donald Trump Jr walked into New York County Supreme Court, expected to take the stand for his father's defense team in the civil fraud trial brought by Attorney General Letitia James. Trump Jr is a Trump Organization executive vice president and also a co-defendant.

Prosecutors rested their case on Wednesday, attempting to prove James' allegations that the Trump Organization inflated its assets to secure better loan terms.

As Trump Jr made his way past security into the Manhattan courthouse, protestors chanted "crime family," continuing long after he had entered the building.

According to CNBC, the former president's eldest son will be the first witness called by his defense team as they begin pushing back against James' claims. He is expected to testify both Monday and Tuesday, during which time he will be questioned by defense attorneys. James' team will also be allowed to cross-examine him.

This is not, however, the first time Trump Jr has taken the stand at his father's trial. Earlier in November, he told the court that he and his brother, Eric, assumed responsibility for a vast majority of the management of the company when their father was elected president in 2017. He noted that he had hardly any involvement in the financial matters that were the foundation for James' case.

Trump Jr added that the Trump Organization "relied heavily" on former accountant Donald Bender, explaining that Bender "worked for us for decades" and "handled practically everything." 

Since then, Trump's other two adult children, Eric and Ivanka, have taken the stand. The latter had been named as a co-defendant until June, when she was dropped from the case.

The defense has attempted to have the case thrown out, citing the fact that a victim has not been established, however Judge Arthur Engoron refused to grant their wishes, and ordered that proceedings continue.

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