Trump family testimony continues in N.Y. civil fraud trial
Driving the news: Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., took the witness stand for about three hours over his two days of testimony in the fraud trial, CNN reports.
- Eric Trump, another executive at the Trump Organization, took the stand on Thursday afternoon following his older brother.
Zoom in: Donald Trump Jr. testified on Thursday that his accountants, and not him, prepared the financial statements for the Trump Organization, which are at the heart of the $250 million lawsuit filed by Attorney General Letitia James last year.
- He told reporters after his testimony that he thought "it went really well, if we were actually dealing with logic and reason the way business is conducted," CNN reports.
- He added that "unfortunately the AG has brought forth a case that is purely a political persecution."
- Donald Trump Jr. also testified on Wednesday that he was not involved in preparing financial statements for the Trump Organization.
Of note: Eric Trump during his Thursday testimony sought to differentiate between general financial records created for the Trump Organization and statements of financial condition, which are central to the lawsuit.
- "What seems to not be registering is the difference between sending things used for financials and sending things used for a statement of financial condition," he said, per CNN.
The big picture: Along with his father and brother, Eric Trump is named in the lawsuit accusing Trump and members of his family of committing financial fraud over the course of a decade.
- Trump has voluntarily attended several days of the trial at the Manhattan courthouse, where he has criticized prosecutors and Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over the trial.
- The judge issued a gag order on Trump after he made a post on his Truth Social account attacking the judge's law clerk. Engoron has fined Trump twice for violating the order in the case to date.
Between the lines: Trump slammed the judge overseeing the case on his Truth Social, writing on Thursday, "so sad to see my sons being PERSECUTED in a political Witch Hunt by this out of control, publicity seeking, New York State Judge, on a case that should have NEVER been brought."
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Editor's note: This story was updated with additional information throughout.