Trump says he told his son Eric to avoid testifying at his fraud trial

December 7, 2023

Former President Donald Trump said that he told his son Eric Trump not to testify during his New York fraud trial.

Trump shared the news in a Truth Social post on Tuesday related to the case.

The statement

“Eric has already testified, PERFECTLY…so there is no reason to waste any more of this Crooked Court’s time on having him say the same thing, over and over again, as a witness for the defense (us!),” Trump wrote Tuesday evening on Truth Social.

“His young life has already been unfairly disturbed and disrupted enough on this corrupt Witch Hunt," he added.

The controversy

"Raw Story reported earlier in the day that Eric suddenly ditched his plans to testify Wednesday in his family's $250 million fraud trial in a move legal analyst Lisa Rubin says could be a delay tactic for his gag-ordered dad," the outlet reported.

"Now, Trump himself is claiming responsibility for that decision," Raw Story noted.

The court situation

"The Trump family’s attorney Clifford Robert made the announcement on Tuesday, the day before Eric Trump was expected to return to the witness stand on Wednesday. The attorney offered no immediate explanation for the reversal in his courtroom remarks," the Messenger reported.

"The Trump Organization's executive vice president Alan Garten said in a statement there was no longer any need for Eric Trump to return to the stand," it noted.

The New York fraud trial is seeking damages against the Trump organization for $250 million.

The Trump family has also included other family members participating in the trial, along with the former president.

The latest move shows that Eric Trump is done testifying, adding one more twist to the ongoing legal battle as the former president seeks to return to the White House in the 2024 election.

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