Former President Donald Trump and his legal team sought an immediate and direct verdict in the Trump Organization civil trial. Their request was swiftly denied on a Wednesday following the testimony of Michael Cohen, a former attorney for Trump.
Less Than Desirable
As it turned out, Cohen’s testimony didn’t provide the pardon the former president had hoped for.
Cohen’s Testimony Reveals Trump’s Financial Integrity
During his testimony, Michael Cohen admitted that the former president had never asked him to inflate financial details on a personal financial statement.
This revelation was pivotal as it contradicted claims made in the civil trial.
They Met Again
As the trial unfolded, Trump and his ex-attorney, Cohen, shared the same courtroom for the second consecutive day.
Result of Prior Investigation
This legal battle resulted from a long-running investigation initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James into the Trump Organization and Trump family businesses.
Ivanka Trump Faces Subpoena in Civil Fraud Trial
Judge Arthur Engoron ruled on Friday that Ivanka Trump must testify in the civil fraud case against her father, Donald Trump, and her brothers.
Previous Court Decision
The courts had initially decided that Ivanka wouldn’t have to appear as a defendant, given that her departure from the Trump Organization in 2017 exceeded the statute of limitations.
Judge Decided To Change That
However, this decision was later overturned by Judge Engoron, who pointed out that Ivanka still had business ties in New York.
Judge Engoron’s Statement
Judge Engoron justified his decision by saying, “Ms. Trump has clearly availed herself of the privilege of doing business in New York.”
Ivanka’s Attorney’s Argument
Ivanka’s attorney, Moskowitz, argued to the judge that state lawyers “just don’t have jurisdiction over her.”
Judge’s Verdict and the Legal Process Ahead
Judge Engoron clarified that the testimony date wouldn’t be scheduled before November 1, allowing Ivanka’s lawyers to appeal this decision.
Judge’s Prior Ruling
This ruling marked a significant development in the ongoing legal proceedings.
In late September, Judge Engoron had already ruled that the former president was responsible for defrauding banks and insurers by inflating property values, which, in turn, allowed him to secure favorable loan terms and cheaper insurance rates.
Trump Retained Control
Despite these legal blows, Trump could still retain control of his businesses, with no court-appointed receiver taking charge of his properties. Notably, the civil fraud trial would proceed without delay.
Trump Reacts to House Speaker Race Amid Legal Proceedings
In the legal proceedings before the judge’s demand, the former president found time to weigh in on a separate matter.
Comment About the Speaker
He commented on the House speaker race, expressing his approval of House Republicans’ decision to elect Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana as the new Speaker of the House, replacing former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
He said, “I just want to congratulate Mike Johnson. He will be a great speaker of the House, and we were very happy to help.”
Trump praised Johnson’s leadership qualities and noted his support for the newly appointed Speaker, saying, “I’ve known him for a long time, and he is a tremendous leader… he’s going to make us all proud.”
Not So Out of the Blue
He acknowledged that Johnson’s rise was unexpected but celebrated the outcome, thanking his supporters and those who backed Johnson by saying, “Nobody was thinking about Mike. We put out the word, and now he is the speaker of the House.”
As It Unfolds
As the Trump Organization civil trial unfolds, the legal battle remains a matter of national significance.
It will be interesting to see how the testimonies and evidence presented in the courtroom will shape the outcome of this high-profile case.
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