Former President Donald Trump leaves the courtroom for a lunch recess during the second day of his civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on October 03, 2023 in New York City. Former President Trump may be forced to sell off his properties after Justice Arthur Engoron canceled his business certificates after ruling that he committed fraud for years while building his real estate empire after being sued by Attorney General Letitia James, who is seeking $250 million in damages. The trial will determine how much he and his companies will be penalized for the fraud.

Trump fraud trial live updates: Former president expected to appear for third day

What to know about Trump’s fraud trial today

  • This is the third day of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 million civil fraud trial against former President Donald Trump, two of his adult children and the family’s company.
  • Trump was admonished yesterday by Judge Arthur Engoron after he attacked one of his clerks on social media.
  • The former president said he will take the witness stand in the case “at the appropriate time.”
  • Here are highlights from Day 2.

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Trump gripes trial is ‘unfair’ after judge’s gag order

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Hours after the trial wrapped up yesterday, Trump aired his grievances in a post on his Truth Social platform, saying the trial is “unfair” and again suggesting it was an attempt to interfere with his presidential campaign.

“It is so unfair that I am being tried under Section 63(12), which is unconstitutionally being used to punish me because I am substantially leading Crooked Joe Biden in the polls,” he said. “It is a Consumer Protection Statute, and not meant, at all, for Election Interference purposes, which is what this is all about!”

Trump also complained about the lack of a jury in the trial after his legal team disputed James’ claim that it never requested one. James’ office told NBC News that Trump’s lawyers never asked for a jury trial, but they likely they wouldn’t have received one even if they did.

Trump’s post came hours after Engoron issued a gag order barring defendants from discussing members of his staff after the former president attacked one of his law clerks on social media, a post that Engoron ordered him to delete.

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Trump says he will testify in $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against him

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Two Trump accountants expected to testify today

Dareh Gregorian

Donald Bender, who was Trump’s longtime accountant, is expected to be back on the witness stand today as the former president’s attorneys continue their cross-examination of the attorney general’s first witness in the case.

Lawyers for the AG said in court yesterday that they might seek some additional questioning of Bender when Trump’s team is done with its cross-examination.

After Bender finishes his testimony, the AG’s office is expected to call Camron Harris, who works for Whitley Penn, the accounting firm that succeeded Bender’s firm as Trump’s accountants.

If Harris’ testimony wraps up on the same day it starts, he would be followed by Jeffrey McConney, a senior vice president at the Trump Organization, who’s also a named defendant in the $250 million lawsuit against Trump, his adult sons and his company.

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He’ll be back: Trump said he will attend today’s trial

Dareh Gregorian

Trump is expected to attend Day 3 of the civil fraud trial, after initially indicating he’d only be there in person for the first two days.

“It’s been a very good day,” he said while leaving court yesterday. “I’ll be back tomorrow.”

The former president’s aides initially said he would leave court during the lunch break on Day 2, and then head back to Florida the following day. Instead, Trump wound up staying the entire day before announcing he’d return for today’s proceedings, presumably because he wants to watch his lawyers continue their cross-examination of his longtime former accountant Donald Bender.

Trump appeared agitated at times watching Bender’s direct testimony on the first day of the trial.

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What happened on Day 2

Dareh Gregorian

Trump attended the first two days of the trial, and wound up getting hit with a gag order yesterday after posting a picture of Engoron’s law clerk with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on social media and insinuating they had a personal relationship.

“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I won’t tolerate it,” Engoron said, issuing a gag order “on all parties with respect to posting or publicly speaking about any member of my staff.” He warned that any violations would be met with swift sanctions.

On the witness stand yesterday was Trump’s longtime accountant Donald Bender, who told lawyers from the New York Attorney General’s Office that he compiled Trump’s financial statements using information from Trump and his company, and that he later found they’d failed to hand over some important documents.

Under cross-examination from Trump’s lawyer, Bender acknowledged that he had accounting expertise that Trump’s financial team did not, and that he was responsible for making sure everything was submitted correctly.

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Trump gripes trial is ‘unfair’ after judge’s gag order

Summer Concepcion

Hours after the trial wrapped up yesterday, Trump aired his grievances in a post on his Truth Social platform, saying the trial is “unfair” and again suggesting it was an attempt to interfere with his presidential campaign.

“It is so unfair that I am being tried under Section 63(12), which is unconstitutionally being used to punish me because I am substantially leading Crooked Joe Biden in the polls,” he said. “It is a Consumer Protection Statute, and not meant, at all, for Election Interference purposes, which is what this is all about!”

Trump also complained about the lack of a jury in the trial after his legal team disputed James’ claim that it never requested one. James’ office told NBC News that Trump’s lawyers never asked for a jury trial, but they likely they wouldn’t have received one even if they did.

Trump’s post came hours after Engoron issued a gag order barring defendants from discussing members of his staff after the former president attacked one of his law clerks on social media, a post that Engoron ordered him to delete.

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Trump says he will testify in $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against him

Oct. 3, 202301:44

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Two Trump accountants expected to testify today

Dareh Gregorian

Donald Bender, who was Trump’s longtime accountant, is expected to be back on the witness stand today as the former president’s attorneys continue their cross-examination of the attorney general’s first witness in the case.

Lawyers for the AG said in court yesterday that they might seek some additional questioning of Bender when Trump’s team is done with its cross-examination.

After Bender finishes his testimony, the AG’s office is expected to call Camron Harris, who works for Whitley Penn, the accounting firm that succeeded Bender’s firm as Trump’s accountants.

If Harris’ testimony wraps up on the same day it starts, he would be followed by Jeffrey McConney, a senior vice president at the Trump Organization, who’s also a named defendant in the $250 million lawsuit against Trump, his adult sons and his company.

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He’ll be back: Trump said he will attend today’s trial

Dareh Gregorian

Trump is expected to attend Day 3 of the civil fraud trial, after initially indicating he’d only be there in person for the first two days.

“It’s been a very good day,” he said while leaving court yesterday. “I’ll be back tomorrow.”

The former president’s aides initially said he would leave court during the lunch break on Day 2, and then head back to Florida the following day. Instead, Trump wound up staying the entire day before announcing he’d return for today’s proceedings, presumably because he wants to watch his lawyers continue their cross-examination of his longtime former accountant Donald Bender.

Trump appeared agitated at times watching Bender’s direct testimony on the first day of the trial.

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What happened on Day 2

Dareh Gregorian

Trump attended the first two days of the trial, and wound up getting hit with a gag order yesterday after posting a picture of Engoron’s law clerk with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on social media and insinuating they had a personal relationship.

“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I won’t tolerate it,” Engoron said, issuing a gag order “on all parties with respect to posting or publicly speaking about any member of my staff.” He warned that any violations would be met with swift sanctions.

On the witness stand yesterday was Trump’s longtime accountant Donald Bender, who told lawyers from the New York Attorney General’s Office that he compiled Trump’s financial statements using information from Trump and his company, and that he later found they’d failed to hand over some important documents.

Under cross-examination from Trump’s lawyer, Bender acknowledged that he had accounting expertise that Trump’s financial team did not, and that he was responsible for making sure everything was submitted correctly.

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