Judge: Trump must give videotaped deposition in assault case
President Donald Trump has been ordered by a Bronx judge to provide a videotaped deposition to answer a lawsuit against him, Trump Tower and some of its employees in the case of a demonstration that took place in 2015 in which some protestors were allegedly assaulted, the New York Post reported.
The protest took place after Trump made negative comments about Mexican immigrants at the start of his presidential campaign that summer. Six protesters claim that their signs were stolen and that they were assaulted by Trump Tower employees during the event.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer Benjamin Dictor has said that he plans to claim that Trump condoned and directed his employees’ actions during the protest.
He has also argued that Trump, his business and his campaign should have known that the security guards in his employ would act in a “negligent or reckless manner.”
Trump has denied the claims, and his lawyers had asked for the subpoena to be quashed so he wouldn’t have to testify or provide a deposition.
“No One Is Above The Law”
Judge Doris Gonzalez denied the request to quash the subpoena, saying that Trump was not above the law and had not proven “exceptional circumstances that would excuse his participation in the case.
“More than 200 years ago our founders sought to escape an oppressive, tyrannical governance in which absolute power vested with a monarch,” Gonzalez wrote in her decision. “Put more plainly, no government official, including the Executive, is above the law.”
“President Trump’s relationship with the other defendants is now central to plaintiffs’ prosecution of their claims,” Gonzalez continued. “As such, his testimony is indispensable.”
Given Trump’s responsibilities as president and busy schedule, Gonzalez agreed to let Trump testify via videotape. Trump must comply with the subpoena before the trial starts on September 26.
“The decision today was not surprising because the law has been clear that a plaintiff is entitled to the trial testimony of an adverse party and no one is above the law including Donald Trump,” Dictor said.
Dictor is right that no one should be above the law. However, is it really the best use of the president’s time to testify in a trial where the defendants are obviously trying to get a payday from the Trump organization?
Honestly, if we are not going to charge James Comey and Andrew McCabe criminally even when the Justice Department recommends indictment, it is indeed frustrating that a case such as this continues to waste the time and resources of the court system.