Trump baselessly claims fraud lawsuit against him is a ‘scam and sham’
Donald Trump is back in the New York courtroom where his $250 million civil fraud trial is in its third week.
The former president was originally thought to be returning to court for a showdown with former “fixer” Michael Cohen. However, Cohen’s testimony was delayed.
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump is also scheduled to appear for a deposition in lawsuits filed by two former FBI employees who sent negative text messages about him.
In other legal issues, the judge in the federal criminal case accusing him of his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election imposed a partial silence on Mr. Trump on Monday, muzzling some of what he could say about his upcoming trial.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled that Mr. Trump and others involved in the case cannot make, publish or share statements targeting special counsel Jack Smith, the court, court staff and witnesses in the case. Nor can the former president call Mr. Smith “thug” or “deranged.”
Mr. Trump has vowed to fight the gag order, telling supporters at a rally in Iowa on Monday night: “We will appeal.” And we will see. But it’s so unconstitutional.
Trump appears to have left court for the day
After a mid-afternoon break in the trial, Donald Trump appears to be gone for the day, Alex Woodward reports from the courthouse in Lower Manhattan.
The former president is not required to be present in court (although he has previously insisted he is “stuck there”) and can come and go as he pleases.
Mr. Trump is expected to give sworn testimony later today also in New York for a trial related to his tenure as president and the end of the Russia investigation, FBI official Peter Strzok and the former lawyer of the FBI Lisa Page, whose lawyers will question her. .
Olivier O’ConnellOctober 17, 2023 8:51 p.m.
Trump appeals judge’s silence order in federal election interference trial
Donald Trump’s lawyers have filed an appeal against Judge Tanya Chutkan’s imposition of partial silence on the former president ahead of his federal trial on election interference charges in the lead-up to the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.
Here, Alex Woodward reports on the judge’s order:
Olivier O’ConnellOctober 17, 2023 8:38 p.m.
Are assessments an art or a science?
Trump’s lawyer asks if Larson agrees that “evaluations are an art, not a science.”
Larson gives a classic definition: “It is an estimate of market value, by an appraiser, based on experience, knowledge of the market and the best estimate at the time he was making the appraisal.
Trump tries to show his lawyers documents. Lots of chatter from Trump’s side.
Alex WoodwardOctober 17, 2023 8:06 p.m.
Watch: Trump speaks to the press during lunch break
Olivier O’ConnellOctober 17, 2023 8:05 p.m.
Protesters briefly disrupt Amy Coney Barrett event
The Supreme Court justice made the comments during a visit to the University of Minnesota Law School, where she participated in a moderated discussion with Professor Robert Stein, according to the New York Times.
“It would be a good idea for us to do that, particularly so that we can communicate more clearly to the public exactly what we are doing,” she said, adding that “all nine judges are very committed to the standards.” highest standards of ethical conduct.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has come under scrutiny after it was revealed he accepted lavish trips and sold allegedly overpriced properties to his billionaire friend Harlan Crow.
Graig GraziosiOctober 17, 2023 7:50 p.m.
Moment Jim Jordan loses first round of House speaker vote
Olivier O’ConnellOctober 17, 2023 7:40 p.m.
Judge Engoron steps in again after James’ team objects to the “tedious” line of questioning.
“We all know what an appraisal is,” the judge said. “The term value, valuations, is much vaguer. …I think that kind of sums it up. I don’t know what else to say.
Trump lawyer Christopher Kise chimes in: “The problem is the witness doesn’t want to say it, for whatever reason. »
Mr. Larson, when asked again about the difference, essentially repeated what the judge had just said.
I’m not sure we’ve gotten anywhere with all this.
Alex WoodwardOctober 17, 2023 7:36 p.m.
The hearing resumes after lunch
Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial in New York has resumed after a lunch with the former president’s lawyer cross-examining Doug Larson, formerly of Cushman & Wakefield.
Mr. Trump woke up for the first time today looking at Larson. Trump’s lawyer is splitting hairs to try to argue that valuations are not the same thing as valuations. “It’s the same thing,” Larson said.
Larson is reeling from the questions trying to explain why they are different, with one often being used in place of the other.
“An assessment is a very detailed and organized assessment…” he said. “Sometimes the terms are used together loosely…Unless you are a certified appraiser, it would not be…a formal appraisal.” »
Judge Engoron intervenes. “They are interchangeable, but they are also different,” he said. “I mean, look, the term assessment can mean evaluation…I don’t know if I would totally agree with the premise of your question.”
Team Trump is attempting to undermine Larson’s testimony and evidence that appears to show the Trump Organization fabricates its own “assessments.”
Trump’s lawyer asked Larson if he agreed that “there is nothing illegal or unethical” about a landlord doing this.
Alex WoodwardOctober 17, 2023 7:30 p.m.
What to watch: Trump says he is “ready to go to prison for the sake of democracy”
Trump says he is “ready to go to prison for the sake of democracy”
Olivier O’ConnellOctober 17, 2023 7:20 p.m.
Breaking: Jordan loses first vote to become House speaker as GOP chaos deepens
The United States House of Representatives failed to choose a president after several Republicans voted against Rep. Jim Jordan, despite the House Republican Conference voting to nominate him for president.
The vote against Mr. Jordan comes as the House marks two weeks since Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed a motion to overturn, leading seven other Republicans and all Democratic representatives present to impeach the former president Kevin McCarthy.
Mr. Jordan’s nomination came after House Majority Steve Scalise withdrew from the race despite beating Mr. Jordan in an internal vote within the GOP conference. Mr. Jordan worked to convince many skeptics within his party and succeeded in overturning many of them.
Eric GarciaOctober 17, 2023 6:50 p.m.