When questioned about the Trump Organization’s accounting problems, former US President Donald Trump clearly angered Judge Arthur Angoron, who is considering whether to impose millions of dollars in fines and other penalties Or not.
Judge Angorone’s ruling could strip Mr Trump of control over some of his most famous properties, although that order will remain in place pending appeal.
During the trial, New York Judge Angoron warned that Mr Trump could be removed from the witness stand if he did not answer direct questions. There was even a point when Mr. Engoron asked Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Chris Keese, to remind his client whether he did not want to be forced to drop the lawsuit.
“Can you control your client? This is not a political protest. This is a courtroom” – Judge Angoron told lawyer Christopher Kissey.
At one point, Judge Engoron told Alina Habba, another of Mr Trump’s lawyers: “I’m not here to hear what he says. I’m here to hear his answers to your questions. Please sit down.”
Former President Donald Trump in New York State Supreme Court on November 6. Photo: Reuters
As for Mr Trump, the former president grumbled: “This is a very unfair trial and I hope the public is watching.”
During nearly four hours on the witness stand, Mr. Trump often avoided giving direct answers and instead talked about his personal assets and properties.
Mr Trump accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of targeting him, and accused Judge Angoron of reducing the value of his property.
According to the news agency reuters, Mr. Trump acknowledged that estimates are not always accurate. According to him, some real estate like Mar-a-Lago real estate and Doral Golf Course in Florida are undervalued, while other real estate like Trump Tower in New York and Seven Springs real estate on the north side of the city are overpriced.
The former president accused legal authorities of paying undue attention to his business activities after winning the 2016 presidential election.
Mr Trump’s testimony ended at noon (US time) on November 6.
Before entering the courtroom, Mr Trump criticized the civil case as “very unfair” and a “political weapon”.
Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka also testified on November 6, although she is not a defendant in the case.