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Trump avoids testifying in a tax fraud case by secluding himself in his Florida mansion during the hurricane


The former president of the United States Donald Trump has been saved from testifying this Friday in the case in which he is being investigated for tax fraud by secluding himself in his mansion in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, in the midst of Hurricane ‘Ian’, and refusing to collaborate outside his luxurious residence.

The accusation informed the federal judge instructing the case, Sarah Cave, on Wednesday that Trump had refused to transfer his statement outside of Palm Beach, where the ostentatious property is located, despite the passage of the hurricane, for which they proposed that The meeting took place at the golf club that the tycoon has in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Prosecution attorney John Quinn informed the judge that they tried to contact Trump’s defense several times this week without success and that the last thing they heard “is that the defendants insist that the appointment take place at Mar-a-Lago and on Friday,” the deadline initially set by the court to take an affidavit from the former president.

“With all due respect, we don’t think it’s safe or prudent,” Quinn said, referring to “Ian,” which after making landfall in southwestern Florida on Wednesday afternoon, has been downgraded to a category two hurricane in recent hours.

For its part, Trump’s defense informed the court shortly after that they had flown to Palm Beach this week and would have rescheduled the appointment if the prosecution had requested it. “President Trump is ready, willing and able to proceed with his deposition on Friday,” attorney Clifford Robert said.

Finally, Judge Cave has extended the deadline to take Trump’s sworn statement until October 31, reports CNN.

This legal challenge for fraud and other tax crimes that Trump faces was filed in 2018 and also implicates several of his children, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr, as well as their Trump Organization companies.

According to the lawsuit, Trump and his brood used his television show “The Celebrity Apprentice” and other promotional events to raise money to support a series of fraudulent deals in which several inexperienced investors were swindled.

Source: Europa Press



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