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Former President Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Photo: Scott Olson via Getty Images

Former President Trump was questioned under oath for several hours on Monday in a deposition related to a 2015 lawsuit, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The suit alleges that Trump's security guards assaulted six people outside Trump Tower in New York while they were protesting Trump's derogatory comments about Mexico and Mexican immigrants.

  • Lawyers for the protesters, who are of Mexican origin, wanted to question Trump to determine whether he should be held responsible for the misconduct.

Details: Trump sat for a videotaped deposition for roughly four-and-a-half hours on Monday at Trump Tower, according to CNN.

  • "We examined Mr. Trump on a variety of issues including statements he has made at various campaign events and rallies that counsel believes encouraged violence at those events or encouraged security guards to engage in violence or the confiscation of property," attorney Benjamin Dictor, who represents the protesters, told CNN.
  • "The President was exactly how you would expect him to be, he answered questions the way you would expect Mr. Trump to answer questions and conducted himself in a manner that you would expect Mr. Trump to conduct himself," Dictor added.
  • His testimony, which will be presented to a jury if the case proceeds to trial, comes "after years of the defendants’ dilatory attempts to shield him from this examination," Dictor said last week, per CNBC.

Trump's team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The big picture: Trump had argued that high-ranking government officials can only be deposed in "exceptional circumstances," but New York Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez denied Trump's request to quash a subpoena ordering him to testify.

  • Gonzalez said his claim does not apply since the suit relates to conduct prior to his term in office.
  • Trump faces at least 10 civil lawsuits, according to NBC News.

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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Alex Jones and Roger Stone

Roger Stone (left) and Alex Jones (right). Photos: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP and Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 House select committee has subpoenaed several close Trump allies involved in the planning of the rallies leading up to the Capitol riot, including Infowars' Alex Jones and longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone as part of its investigation, chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) announced Monday.

Why it matters: The committee continues to aggressively pursue testimony and documents from those in Trump's orbit and has interviewed over 150 people as part of their investigation.

Two lawyers who challenged 2020 election ordered to pay Dominion, Facebook

Photo: David Jennings/Digital First Media/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images

A federal judge in Colorado on Monday ordered two lawyers who brought an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results to pay more than $186,000 to cover the legal fees of the groups they sued, including Facebook (now Meta) and Dominion Voting Systems.

Driving the news: Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter said the lawsuit "has been used to manipulate gullible members of the public and foment public unrest." He added that the two lawyers, Gary Fielder and Ernest John Walker, "should have known better" and they "need to take responsibility for their misconduct."

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WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

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The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.