A Bronx Supreme Court judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump must give a video deposition as part of a lawsuit alleging his staff assaulted demonstrators outside Trump Tower in 2015.
The decision comes after Trumps lawyers tried to quash a subpoena compelling his testimony.
His attorneys argued that to force a sitting president to give a deposition there must be a “showing of exceptional circumstances” and the witness must possess unique first-hand knowledge of the claims.
Justice Doris Gonzalez rejected their argument, but, in recognition of his official responsibilities, she said he could testify by videotape.
“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.”
Efrain Galicia, Florencia Tejeda Perez, Gonzalo Cruz Franco, Miguel Villalobos and Norberto Garcia are suing Trump, The Trump Organization LLC, the Trump campaign and three of his security guards, including Keith Schiller, for assault, battery and stealing their protest signs.
“President Trumps relationship with the other defendants is now central to plaintiffs prosecution of their claims,” Gonzalez wrote. “As such, his testimony is indispensable.”
The plaintiffs lawyer Benjamin Dictor wrote in court papers that his clients were peacefully protesting negative comments that then-presidential candidate had recently made about Mexican immigrRead More – Source