Trump faces questions under oath when testifying in case filed by protesters – .

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Trump faces questions under oath when testifying in case filed by protesters – .


Former President Donald Trump is expected to provide videotaped testimony in a case brought by protesters about his security team’s efforts to quell a protest in the first days of his first presidential campaign in 2015.

Trump is expected to return to New York and is expected to take his deposition in the Trump Tower on Monday.

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The deposition is part of a lawsuit filed after a September 3, 2015 protest outside Trump Tower in New York City. Protesters were protesting Trump’s comments about Mexico and Mexican immigrants.

Six Mexican-born protesters said they were assaulted and then sued Trump, the Trump Organization, his 2016 presidential campaign, and security officials.

New York State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez of the Bronx has denied Trump’s efforts to dismiss the subpoena ordering him to testify in the case. Judge said Trump’s argument against the testimony – that it took ‘exceptional circumstances’ to remove a senior government official – did not apply because the case would allow him to answer questions on his comments and actions before his election. .

“This is a case of Donald Trump security officers assaulting peaceful protesters on a public sidewalk,” plaintiffs’ attorneys Benjamin Dictor told The Associated Press. “We will hear the testimony of Donald Trump, under oath, Monday after years of delaying attempts by the defendants to protect him from this questioning. We look forward to showing the video of Mr. Trump’s testimony to a jury during his trial. “

Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told Fox News ahead of the former president’s deposition that “most of the case has already been won” but said “further comments will be provided in due course. “.

Trump is also expected to be filed in December in the defamation lawsuit against former “apprentice” candidate Summer Zervos.

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Zervos was one of a dozen women who emerged during Trump’s campaign in 2016 with allegations of sexual misconduct years earlier. She claims that Trump “Ambushed” her on several occasions starting in 2007. She claims he kissed her on the mouth, touched her chest and rubbed his genitals against her.

Trump, in 2019, called the politically motivated lawsuit and said Zervos only turned on him after he refused to accept an invitation to his restaurant. Trump claims Zervos made numerous attempts to contact him and seek employment even after the alleged sexual harassment.

“The defendant is now a private citizen, and he just can’t delay this litigation any longer,” Zervos lawyer Moira Penza told a Manhattan judge’s forensic clerk on a teleconference.

Former Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz called Zervos’ claims unjustified and said Trump’s statements were true and protected by the right to free speech.

Trump’s new lawyer Alina Habba told The Associated Press she plans to expand the former president’s response to the case. She said she plans to build on a 2020 New York law designed to protect people from frivolous lawsuits launched by the powerful to quell criticism.

The law broadened an existing law, making it easier to fight defamation complaints when they relate to communication in public “in connection with a matter of public interest”, defined as “any matter other than a purely private matter” .

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Trump had previously referred to somewhat similar California law among his defenses in Zervos’ trial. Still, Habba told The Associated Press that taking inspiration from New York law would make a difference.

“With the new law in place, I think this case will be closed very quickly,” she said after the court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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