Trump’s New York fraud trial

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The former president, his two adult sons and the wider Trump Organization are accused of massively inflating the value of their properties by over $2bn (£1.65bn), in order to secure favorable loans.

On the trial’s first day, Mr Trump made a surprise appearance at the courthouse where he lambasted the judge and the New York attorney general who brought the case.

Two of Mr Trump’s adult children – Donald Jr and Eric – are co-defendants in the case and on the list of witnesses. The two took over the management of the Trump Organization in 2017, the year their father became president.

Like their father, both of Mr Trump’s sons are accused of what Attorney General Letitia James has described as “persistent and repeated fraud” regarding their business.

Eric Trump, for example, is accused of pushing for unapproved and “not feasible” developments at the sprawling Seven Springs Estate in Westchester County, as well as hiding its true value and fraudulently increasing the value of tax deductions stemming from it.

The lawsuit seeks to bar both men from serving as an officer or director in “any New York corporation or similar business entity” registered or licensed in the state.

Mr Trump’s defense team plans to call 128 witnesses, including the former president, his two sons and his daughter Ivanka. His former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify for the prosecution.

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