Donald Trump Jr. is expected to testify for a second time in his family’son Monday, when the defense will begin calling witnesses.
Trump Jr. wason Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, when the state was presenting its side of the $250 million fraud case. He testified he relied on the Trump Organization’s accountants for the financial statements that are at the center of the trial.
The defense did not question Trump Jr. at the time. His siblings,and , and father, , were also called to the stand after Trump Jr.’s first appearance.
The younger Trumps downplayed their roles in preparing the so-called statements of financial condition detailing their father’s assets. Judge Arthur Engoron concluded in a pretrial ruling in September that the documents fraudulently overstated Donald Trump’s wealth by billions of dollars, and the value of certain properties by hundreds of millions of dollars. New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office is arguing that allowed his family and company to cut deals with banks and insurers for significantly better terms than the Trumps otherwise would have received.
Trump and his co-defendants — his two oldest sons, several Trump Organization executives and the company itself — have all denied wrongdoing. The trial is proceeding on other allegations, including falsification of business records and conspiracy. The judge is also being asked to determine “disgorgement,” or the amount the state should receive for “ill-gotten” gains.