A New York judge has ordered President Trump to answer questions under oath in a civil suit involving a 2015 incident in which his security guards are accused of attacking protesters.
State Supreme Court Justice Doris Gonzalez ruled on Friday that the president must “appear for a videotaped deposition prior to the trial” under oath, saying his testimony is “indispensable.”
The trial, which involves a group of protesters who allege they were assaulted by Trump’s security guards outside Trump Tower during a 2015 protest over the then-candidate’s rhetoric toward Mexican immigrants, is slated to begin on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The judge rejected arguments made by Trump’s attorneys that he should not have to testify because of his duties as president.
Gonzalez said Trump may answer questions from the White House “at a time that will accommodate his busy schedule,” and that “there would be no necessity for the president to attend in person, though he could elect to do so.”
“The decision is not surprising. It may be newsworthy, but it’s not surprising. No one is above the law, including the president of the United States,” Attorney Benjamin Dictor, who’s representing the plaintiffs, told NBC News.
Dictor added that he wrote to Trump attorney Lawrence Rosen after the ruling requesting he “advise what date, time and location will be made available to appear” to testify.