Former President Donald Trump took the oath on Monday for four hours in a trial stemming from an alleged 2015 attack by protesters outside his designated skyscraper.
Mr Trump was sued in September 2015 by a group of civil rights activists who argued in court papers that he was “violently attacked” by Mr Trump’s personal security guards, including Mr Trump’s then-security chief Keith Schiller had gone.
The lawsuit went its way through the courts throughout the remainder of the 2016 campaign and Mr. Trump’s presidency, but lawyers for activists weren’t able to present it until this month and only then at the behest of a New York state judge.
Benjamin Dictor, a lawyer representing the activists, told reporters outside Trump Tower that he and his co-lawyers “interrogated Mr Trump about a variety of issues, including statements he made at various campaign events and rallies.” Lawyers who believe that violence was encouraged in those incidents or encouraged security guards to engage in violence leading to confiscation of property.
“We have obtained answers to those questions and will present their testimony before the jury in this case as soon as possible,” he said.
in a statement to Granthshala, Mr Dictor said he can “report at this time that Donald John Trump sat under oath for approximately four-and-a-half hours and answered questions relating to the events that took place outside Trump Tower on September 3, 2015”.
While he said he would not comment on the essence of Mr Trump’s testimony, Mr Dictor said he hoped today’s events “will serve as an example that our institutions have prevailed and that no one is above the law.” “.
In a statement issued by his Political Action Committee, the former president said the case “should never have been brought up” and declared that the plaintiffs “blame no one else but themselves” for their injuries, adding that that he is “happy”. Able to tell his side of the story.
“Instead of protesting peacefully, plaintiffs deliberately sought to incite the crowd by blocking the entrance to Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, wearing Klu Klux Klan robes and hoods. When security tried to de-escalate the situation, So unfortunately he faced taunts and violence by the plaintiffs,” Trump said.
Monday’s statement could be the first of several sessions under oath that Mr Trump could face without the shield provided by the president.
Earlier this month, a judge ordered him to sit for a statement in a long-running defamation lawsuit by former “The Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.
He also faced several lawsuits over the January 6 attack on the Capitol, including one filed by several Democratic members of Congress and a separate lawsuit filed by a group of Capitol police officers.
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