Former President Donald Trump has been ordered to give a deposition as part of a lawsuit claiming that his personal security detail roughed up demonstrators outside of Trump Tower in 2015, NBC News has learned.
The case was first filed in 2019 has been delayed numerous times thanks to jockeying by Trump’s legal apparatus. The plaintiffs say that Trump’s bodyguards became violent while they were protesting against racist comments Trump had made about Mexican immigrants during a campaign speech that September.
The suit says the group was taking aim at Trump because of his ‘unsubstantiated and inflammatory claims’ at his presidential announcement that Mexico has been sending people to the U.S. who are ‘bringing drugs. Bringing crime. They’re rapists.’
Video of the protest captured Trump’s head of security Keith Schiller smacking Galicia in the face after Galicia appeared to reach for a blue sign bearing the words ‘Trump: Make America Racist Again’ — a take on the billionaire’s campaign slogan about making country [sic] great again.
Bronx Supreme Court Justice Doris Gonzalez said on Thursday that Trump must give sworn testimony at Trump Tower – his former 5th Avenue, Manhattan residence – next Monday.
“We will be taking the trial testimony of Donald Trump, under oath, on Monday after years of the defendants’ dilatory attempts to shield him from this examination,” said Benjamin Dictor, an attorney for the complainants. “We look forward to presenting the video of Mr. Trump’s testimony to a jury at his trial.”
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