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Trump expected to give testimony in protesters’ trial


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He is expected to record the deposition in Trump Tower on Monday.

Former President Donald Trump is expected to issue a decision on film on Monday. Washington Post photo by Demetrius Freeman

NEW YORK (AP) – Former President Donald Trump is expected to return to New York to provide videotaped testimony in a case concerning his security team’s crackdown on a protest in the early days of his presidential campaign in 2015.

Trump is expected to take the deposition in Trump Tower on Monday, according to Bronx State Supreme Court court documents.

Three lawyers who represent Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the deposition.

The lawsuit stems from a September 3, 2015 protest outside that same New York City tower against Trump’s negative comments about Mexico and Mexican immigrants.

Six Mexican-born protesters who said they were assaulted sued Trump, the Trump Organization, its presidential campaign, and security personnel.

State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez of the Bronx has denied an attempt by Trump to quash a subpoena ordering him to testify.

The judge said Trump’s argument that there must be “exceptional circumstances” to remove a senior government official did not apply because he was called to answer for behavior outside of office.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that Trump should have known that security personnel would be acting “in a negligent or reckless manner.”

“This is a case of Donald Trump security agents assaulting peaceful protesters on a public sidewalk,” lawyer Benjamin Dictor said Thursday. “We will hear the testimony of Donald Trump, under oath, Monday, after years of delaying attempts by the defendants to remove him from this questioning. We look forward to showing the video of Mr. Trump’s testimony to a jury during his trial.

Trump’s testimony will be played before a jury if the case goes to trial. If an emergency such as illness arises, Trump must testify by the end of the month, Gonzalez wrote in an Oct. 4 filing.