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Why are Donald Trump’s children in court for his fraud trial?


Donald Trump has maintained a wide lead in the 2024 Republic presidential nomination, but that has been marred by his mounting legal woes. The former president and his three children are set to appear at a New York court in the coming days to testify in a case of fraud against their family’s real estate business.

His eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, became the first to take the stand on Wednesday in a case his father has called “a witch hunt”. He will likely appear again in court on Thursday.


What are Trump and his children accused of?

On September 26, a judge ruled that Trump had inflated his net worth and the value of assets belonging to the Trump Organization, which owns assets such as hotels, casino resorts, and restaurants.

His elder sons, Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, are on trial for involvement in the fraudulent inflation. Ivanka Trump, by virtue of her former high-level positions at the company, is also being accused of financially benefitting from the family business and maintaining knowledge of its fraudulent activities.

While the ruling found Trump guilty of the primary claim brought forward by New York attorney general Letitia James, the ongoing civil trial will address six other fraud claims in the case and determine penalties. Judge Arthur Engoron will oversee and issue the verdict for this non-jury trial.

Who is testifying and when?

Trump Jr and Eric are co-defendants and central players in the case. The duo largely took over management of the Trump Organization from their father in 2017 as executive vice presidents. They have denied any wrongdoing.

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