Eric Trump gives testimony in a civil case on fraud in New York. Former President Trump is next.
- Sunday, 05 November 2023 15:10
Eric Trump, the Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization and the son of former President Donald Trump, concluded his testimony on Friday in a civil case in the Supreme Court of New York.
The court accuses him, his brother Donald Trump Jr., and their father of willfully committing fraud by providing financial statements that inflated the value of their properties and other assets.
During his second day of testimony, Eric Trump reiterated that he relied on others to ensure the accuracy of the statements. Documents presented during the trial by the attorney general's legal team also showed that Trump had to sign off on statements regarding the valuation of some Trump Organization properties.
Andrew Amer, the attorney for the attorney general, began questioning Eric Trump on Thursday, asking him about his role in the Trump Organization before, during, and after Donald Trump's presidency, as well as the hierarchy within the business.
Donald Trump Jr. is the first family member to testify
Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric Trump arrive at the New York Supreme Court for former President Donald Trump's civil fraud case on Thursday in New York. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images Initially, Eric Trump denied having "anything to do with" the financial statements.
"I pour concrete, I manage real estate," he repeated, stating that he was not involved in creating the statements.
Email correspondence between Trump and the former Trump Organization controller Jeffrey McConney (now a co-defendant) was shown during the trial, where Trump was asked to review and contribute to the statements and their properties.
"We were a big organization, a big real estate organization," Trump said, adding, "Of course, I understood that we had financial statements. Absolutely."
Trump stated that he understood this "because someone from accounting would ask me to describe the properties I was working on at the time."
Donald Trump Jr. was the first family member to testify
Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric Trump complete their testimony on Thursday.
Throughout his testimony, Eric Trump maintained that he relied on others in verifying the financial statements. Statements that have already been deemed by the judge as "fraudulent."
Collin Faerber, another attorney for the attorney general, questioned Eric Trump about his previous role in the Trump Organization and his role as a trustee of the Trump Revocable Trust. She also inquired about the hierarchy within the business and where she placed him, his brother, his father, and Allen Weisselberg, the former CFO of the Trump Organization, who are all defendants in the case.
Eric Trump indicated that he did not recall being involved in the preparation of Donald Trump's financial statements but that he was required to sign those documents. He stated that he relied on others, such as Weisselberg, to review the documents.
Former President Donald Trump is expected to testify soon
It is anticipated that the former president will testify as a witness on Monday, marking the first time he has officially been called to give public testimony in any of the upcoming legal proceedings.
Ivanka Trump, the former president's daughter, is also set to testify next week. She is not a defendant.
While the judge has already ruled that Trump Organization presented fraudulent financial statements, several issues remain to be decided in court. This includes determining whether the fraud was committed intentionally and what the penalty should be if the defendants are found guilty.