Trump's million-dollar expert 'lost all credibility,' civil fraud court finds

New York (Reuters)Tuesday's New York civil fraud trial judge said an expert witness paid almost $1 million by Donald Trump "lost all credibility" by "doggedly" explaining his company records.

On Dec. 7, New York University accounting professor Eli Bartov testified that Trump's family real estate company's financial statements, 

 which the attorney general alleges overstated property values to get better loan and insurance terms, did not show fraud.

Bartov stated that he earned $877,500 for 650 hours at $1,350 per hour.

Bartov stated the Trump Organization and Save America, a 2024 election campaign PAC, reimbursed his charges.

"All that his testimony proves is that for a million or so dollars, some experts will say whatever you want them to say," 

 Justice Arthur Engoron said in a harsh refusal of Trump's multiple requests for a favorable verdict.

"By doggedly attempting to justify every misstatement, Professor Bartov lost all credibility," Engoron said.

Bartov wrote that Engoron was erroneous to suggest his testimony's "overarching point" was that Trump's statements were "accurate in every respect."

Using his testimony, he claimed Trump made mistakes.

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