Former President Donald Trump read from a paper during his testimony in a New York court on Monday, claiming it would clear his name.
Trump sought to show the judge a disclaimer clause from New York Attorney General Letitia James, but was turned down from reading it.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 6, 2023
"As he testified at trial in the suit, Trump held the document up and asked if the judge would 'like to have it.' Later, the real estate tycoon said: 'I would love to read this, Your Honor, if I could?,'” the New York Post reported.
“Not at this point, not at this point,” replied Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron.
Trump takes the stand in New York civil case alleging financial fraud https://t.co/5eB7QgjlWC
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 6, 2023
"The non-jury trial addresses other claims in the lawsuit brought by James against Trump, his company and top executives, including his eldest sons," the Associated Press reported.
"She wants the defendants to fork over what she claims is more than $300 million in ill-gotten gains and to be banned from doing business in New York," it continued.
Trump's court testimony turned heated between the former president and the judge, with the judge turning angry and shouting during the testimony.
Trump claimed that not one bank or insurance company lost money as a result of the claims against him for overvaluing parts of his property and businesses in New York.
James has pushed for $250 million in liability from the Trump Organization, hoping to shut it down from operating in the state, in a move that could be a critical financial loss ahead of the 2024 elections.
Trump's testimony has become the most volatile part of the case that is set for a controversial outcome regardless of the final results.