Trump scheduled to appear Wednesday for deposition in E. Jean Carroll lawsuit
Trump scheduled to appear for deposition in E. Jean Carroll lawsuit
President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, has agreed to testify next week in an unrelated civil case in which he’s accused of breaking federal campaign finance laws.
The agreement was reached Wednesday night between the lawyers for Cohen, Trump Organization Chief Executive Officer David Pecker and the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, according to the person familiar with the matter. (He spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not made public.)
Cohen is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan early Thursday morning. It is unclear whether Cohen and the other parties have signed an agreement to limit their testimony.
Cohen said he won’t speak to a grand jury about the matter, but will say that he’s cooperating. If the person familiar with the matter is correct, that could end up with more than just a deposition.
The subpoena from the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office for records from the Trump Organization’s efforts to build a Trump Tower is the latest in the series of subpoenas seeking documents related to the president’s business dealings since he took office in January.
The case, SAC Capital’s civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, said that Cohen and Pecker were required to disclose tens of millions of dollars they received from the president, among other things.
Trump has repeatedly denied the accusations he used his charity and his campaign to benefit his personal benefit.
The documents requested by the U.S. attorney’s office include records concerning transactions between the Trump Organization and two entities that used to be known as Cohen’s.
The deal with AT&T, for the telecommunications giant, was struck in 2003. The deal to buy the naming rights of the New York City complex for six years was set to expire after four years.
Cohen and AT&T signed an agreement for the naming rights, but the deal was never finalized amid a dispute over payments the company would make.
The document request will be sent to the Trump Organization’s chief counsel, Allen Weisselberg, Weisselberg, who