As Donald Trump Jr. resumed his position on the witness stand for the second consecutive day, the scrutiny over his understanding and role in the Trump Organization’s affairs intensified. New York Attorney General Letitia James has cast doubt on Trump Jr.’s purported limited grasp of the business dynamics, despite his long tenure as the company’s executive vice president.
On Monday, Trump Jr. distanced himself from the statements of financial condition that are pivotal to the attorney general’s case. He asserted his reliance on the expertise of accountants and legal professionals for these documents, stating, “The accountants worked on it. That’s what we pay them to do.” While acknowledging his awareness of certain deals mentioned in the statements, he denied any direct role in their compilation.
Tuesday’s proceedings saw both Donald Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric Trump, arriving at the New York State Supreme Courthouse. Following the completion of Trump Jr.’s testimony, Eric Trump was slated to testify. AG James, also present, observed from the first row of the court’s gallery.
During his testimony, Trump Jr. admitted that his signatures were on some of the financial statements but refuted having a thorough understanding or active involvement in their creation. When questioned about his knowledge of the financial statements between 2017 and 2021, during which he was a trustee of the revocable trust holding his father’s assets, he replied, “Rinse and repeat…it would be the same thing.”
Further, Trump Jr. addressed a 2017 email from a Forbes magazine reporter questioning the false claim about the size of Donald Trump’s triplex apartment in Trump Tower. He indicated that he largely ignored the detailed email and did not recall taking any action based on it. Despite the discrepancy being highlighted, both Trump Jr. and then-CFO Allen Weisselberg approved the 2016 financial statement that inaccurately claimed the triplex was 30,000 square feet and valued at $327 million, as stated in the attorney general’s complaint.
The session paused for a morning break, during which Trump Jr. interacted with the court’s sketch artist, Jane Rosenberg. Rosenberg, known for her sketch of Donald Trump Sr. during his arraignment in the Stormy Daniels case, was reportedly told by Trump Jr. to “Make me look sexy.”
The ongoing testimony of Donald Trump Jr. sheds light on the complex financial operations of the Trump Organization and raises questions about his level of involvement and understanding of its intricate accounting and legal processes.