The former U.S. President appeared in relation to a $250 million civil lawsuit
Former President Donald Trump was back in New York, this time, for questioning in a $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against him by the state’s attorney general.
This is the same day a Washington, D.C., appeals court declined to shield Trump from a civil defamation lawsuit by a writer E. Jean Carroll, who said the former U.S. president raped her nearly three decades ago. Trump denies the allegation.
The questioning in the New York case took place behind closed doors, though a group of protesters gathered outside Attorney General Letitia James’ offices as Trump arrived for the deposition.
The lawsuit against Trump, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, accuses him and others of a decade-long scheme to manipulate property values and his net worth to obtain favorable loans and tax benefits.
Thursday’s deposition could be used to try to discredit any testimony Trump may give at trial, or be offered as testimony if he is unavailable to appear.
The trial in the case is scheduled to begin October 2.
Trump was also questioned by James’ office in August, before the case was filed, when he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 400 times.
Trump attacked James on his Truth Social platform early Thursday, and said he would prove he built a “great and prosperous” company.
In a separate criminal case in New York, Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records earlier this month, charges tied to allegations that he orchestrated a hush-money payment to a porn star before the 2016 election.
He also faces federal investigations stemming from his handling of government documents after leaving the White House and alleged attempts to overturn his 2020 election defeat, as well as a state-level probe in Georgia into whether he unlawfully sought to reverse the 2020 election results there.
Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?
Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.
Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.
While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.
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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry
Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.
The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.
The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.
New Zealand example
Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.
The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.
With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.
Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’
Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.
The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.
In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.
We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.
Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.
This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.
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