Trump’s Million-Dollar Expert Witness Raises Eyebrows in Bank Fraud Trial

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Trump and his legal team forcefully argued against the New York Attorney General’s attempt to destroy his family’s enterprise during the dramatic trial’s conclusion.

However, the grand finale, a testimony from a prestigious NYU accounting professor, Eli Bartov, intended to salvage Trump’s credibility, spectacularly backfired, exposing the frailty in Trump’s claims of honest dealings with banks over the years.

At an exorbitant cost of $877,500, Bartov took the stand, aiming to bolster Trump’s stance that he couldn’t have deceived banks, including Deutsche Bank, which played a pivotal role in his financial affairs. Yet, Bartov’s assertions crumbled under scrutiny. 

Despite his insistence that banks conducted independent analyses and weren’t duped by Trump’s inflated financial claims, glaring contradictions emerged.

Justice Arthur F. Engoron had already affirmed Trump’s bank fraud before the trial began, setting a challenging precedent for the defense. Moreover, the Attorney General’s team emphasized the legality of Trump’s lies rather than focusing on whether banks were deceived a point reinforced by the judge.

Trump’s Empire at Risk

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Trump and his legal team forcefully argued against the New York Attorney General’s attempt to destroy his family’s enterprise during the dramatic trial’s conclusion.

Bartov’s testimony clashed with his prior statements, highlighted by AG attorneys, revealing inconsistencies in his expert stance. His sworn statements suggested that while the banks might not have solely relied on Trump’s overstated financial records, they weren’t dismissive of these figures either.

The trial’s culmination saw Eric Trump, one of the defendants, witnessing Bartov’s discredited testimony. Despite Trump’s absence, the trial’s outcome hangs on determining potential insurance fraud and manipulation of business records, with impending penalties yet to be determined.

The judge’s decision to revoke Trump Organization’s business licenses further complicates the future, sparking debates over the extent of the family’s control over their sprawling business conglomerate.

As the trial adjourns for the holidays, both sides prepare for closing arguments in January. The outcome remains uncertain, but the trial’s unraveling has painted a picture of a defense strategy in tatters, leaving Trump’s once-vaunted empire hanging in the balance. 

The legacy of this trial might redefine the future of Trump’s business, political aspirations, and familial control over their corporate domain.

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