Trump questioned in lawsuit over 2015 protester crackdown

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Former President Donald Trump was questioned on Monday in a statement to the trial brought by protesters who say his security team harassed him in the early days of his presidential campaign in 2015.

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A lawyer for the plaintiffs said Trump testified under oath for several hours behind closed doors at Trump Tower in New York City. A video of the statement will be played for the jury when the case is heard.

Plaintiff’s attorney, Benjamin Dictor, said Trump was questioned on a variety of topics, including comments he made at campaign rallies in which he appeared to encourage security personnel to treat protesters harshly.


Dictor said Trump’s behavior in answering the questions matched his public persona, while the president and Sessions proceeded like most statements. The lawyer declined to go into detail about how Trump handled the questioning and declined to paint his testimony before the case was presented to a jury.

A message seeking comment was left with a lawyer representing Trump at the trial.

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A lawsuit brought by five New Yorkers of Mexican descent alleges that Trump’s bodyguards violently attacked him outside his eponymous Manhattan skyscraper on September 3, 2015, because of Trump’s negative views of Mexico and Mexican immigrants. The comments were opposed.

The defendants in the Trump lawsuit are his company, the Trump Organization, his presidential campaign, and security personnel.

Among other demands, the plaintiffs want the real estate mogul made to award punitive damages to the former commander-in-chief, arguing that he should have known the security personnel would act “in a reckless or reckless manner.”

Trump’s lawyers opposed sitting on his statement. While in office, he argued that there must be “extraordinary circumstances” for a high-ranking government official to be dismissed.

Bronx Judge Doris Gonzalez, who is presiding over the case, rejected that argument, saying it did not apply because Trump was being called to answer for conduct outside office.


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