Before Donald Trump was ousted in a defamation lawsuit brought by a former magazine columnist on Wednesday, the former president was reportedly sitting for further testimony in a case brought by investors who claim he defrauded them of marketing a videophone device.
Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter, that Trump was impeached earlier this month after a New York judge ordered him to answer questions in the videophone case by the end of October. The exact date of the statement was not released.
news week could not independently confirm Trump was impeached earlier this month. Attorneys for Trump and the plaintiffs in the Videophone case have been contacted for confirmation and comment.
If true, it would be one of two occasions this month that the former president has had to sit for testimony. Trump appeared in court Wednesday to answer questions in the lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll, who alleges Trump sexually assaulted her decades ago. Carroll accused Trump of raping her at a New York department store in the 1990s, and her 2019 lawsuit centers on her allegation that he defamed her character by denying it.
The two cases represent just two pillars in the former president’s growing legal woes. Trump is also facing fraud charges from New York Attorney General Letitia James, who accuses him and his company of “engaged in years of financial fraud to obtain a variety of economic… to gain benefits”.
Trump’s other legal problems include an investigation into his business dealings by the Manhattan Attorney, a House Committee investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, and a Justice Department investigation into his handling of sensitive documents.
As for the Videophone case, Trump, his company, and his three eldest children were sued by four plaintiffs in 2018, who accused him of tricking them into paying thousands so they could become independent vendors for ACN Opportunity LLC, reported Bloomberg. Trump marketed the sale of the videophones, a venture that ultimately failed, as a way to make money “without the risks most entrepreneurs have to take.”
It wasn’t immediately known what Trump said or didn’t say during his testimony Wednesday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. After Carroll revealed the account of the alleged attack in an excerpt of her memoir published in New York Magazine In 2019, Trump vehemently denied the allegations, saying Carroll lied about not knowing who she was and “she’s not my type.”
Sitting in James’ lawsuit for testimony in September, he was invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-lawsuits-deposed-under-oath-twice-october-report-e-jean-carroll-videophones-1753686 Trump deposed under oath twice in October as legal troubles mount: report