Trump interviewed for 4.5 hours in protesters trial

Former President Donald J. Trump was sworn in for four and a half hours this week as part of a complaint filed by a group of demonstrato...


Former President Donald J. Trump was sworn in for four and a half hours this week as part of a complaint filed by a group of demonstratorss who said his bodyguards attacked them in 2015.

The questioning took place Monday in a conference room on the 25th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan, according to one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Benjamin N. Dictor.

Mr Dictor said the former president was asked about his dealings with other defendants – including his longtime personal bodyguard Keith Schiller – as well as a witness in the case, Matthew Calamari. Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are debating whether to indict Trump Organization executive Mr. Calamari as part of their lengthy investigation into Mr. Trump and his family business.

“We believe that the fact that Donald J. Trump sat for deposition yesterday is an important point, simply because it is the first time that the former president has been the subject of legal proceedings since taking office.” said Mr. Dictor.

In a statement released Monday, Mr. Trump called the lawsuit “baseless” and said the plaintiffs had “no one to blame but themselves.” But he added that he was “glad to have had the opportunity to tell my side of this ridiculous story.”

Mr. Dictor, a labor attorney, also represents the New York NewsGuild, a union representing employees of various news publications, including the New York Times.

Other topics that may arise in the deposition may also be of interest to investigators and the general public, including any discussion of the former president’s net worth, which is relevant to the case as the plaintiffs have sought damages- punitive interests.

It is not known whether the testimony of the former president will become public. Mr. Trump’s lawyers could ask for it to be sealed.

The trial of the demonstrators lasted a long time. It was filed in 2015, shortly after the protest at Trump Tower, in which the five plaintiffs, disturbed by Mr. Trump’s campaign comments about the Mexican people, showed up at Trump Tower with signs reading “Make America Racist Again”.

Two of them, seeing that white supremacist David Duke had come out in favor of Mr. Trump’s policies, decided to wear costumes resembling the outfits worn by the Ku Klux Klan.

The plaintiffs said Mr. Schiller and others working for Mr. Trump ripped off their signs and briefly hit and strangled one of them. Mr Schiller argued that it was the protesters who initially attacked him.

Lawyers for Mr. Trump tried to dismiss the lawsuit. In vain, they tried, in vain, to argue that the candidate could not be held personally responsible for the actions of his employees. A judge rejected that argument, which led, more than six years after the protest, to Mr. Trump’s questioning this week.

Lawyers representing Mr. Trump in the trial did not immediately return a request for comment.

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