- As part of a fraud trial in New York, Donald Trump underwent a 7-hour deposition in April.
- The video was released Friday through a Freedom of Information Act request.
- The clips don’t reveal much about what he said, but instead show how angry he was when he said it.
Videos of Donald Trump’s April speech released Friday show the former president cracking a rare smile as he faces New York Attorney General Letitia James.
The deposition is part of an ongoing lawsuit that will determine whether Trump and his company intentionally misrepresented him. net worth when applying for loans. The trial is in its final stages with a verdict expected from Judge Arthur Engoron by the end of the month.
The April 13 videos released to the media at the request of the Freedom of Information Law do not reveal much new information about what was said during the videos. seven-hour, closed sedimentation — this information was disclosed in August when the transcript of the deposition was released. Instead, the clips reveal Trump’s demeanor when he speaks: defiant, absurd and angry.
In the videos, former President James’ lawyers get increasingly angry as they try to answer questions. He eventually turns to insults and calls the claim “crazy.”
Later, leaning back in his chair and crossing his arms, Trump tells the lawyers, “You have no business.”
“It’s a shame that someone did such a good job… and now I have to come and justify it to you?” Trump says arms still folded as he shrugs.
Trump also took a few minutes to object to what he believed to be an unfair claim. He also smiles briefly when the attorney general insists that James is “committed to a fair and impartial legal process.”
At another point in the video, Trump derailed the deposition as the attorney general’s legal team tried to estimate the true value. Lawyers for the 40 Wall Street office building insisted on looking at the building across the street.
“Open the curtain,” Trump ordered, pointing offscreen.
“No,” Kevin Wallace, a lawyer in James’ office, tells Trump firmly.
“Open the curtain, go ahead,” Trump insists to an off-screen person. The subject was eventually dropped.
Final arguments in the case were heard last week. In a surprising twist, Judge Engoron overturned an earlier decision to deny Trump the opportunity to testify on his own behalf. In his five-minute statement, the former president repeatedly called himself the victim of a politically motivated “witch hunt” and praised the “Trump Organization” as a “great company.”
Earlier this month, the attorney general increased the amount of financial penalties sought against Trump from an initial amount of $250 million to just $370 million in what the AG alleged was a decades-long pattern of lying to banks and inflating his net worth. . worth
The total penalties Trump could face remain unknown pending sentencing. However, Business Insider previously reported that the former president may try to appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court after his lawyers suggested in closing arguments. Executive Law 63(12), The law allowing James to sue violates the US Constitution.
Trump’s representatives did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.