Reuters-By Luc Cohen
Former U.S. President Donald Trump announces that he will once again run for U.S. president in the 2024 U.S. presidential election during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. November 15, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s real estate company began mounting a defense on Monday in its criminal trial on charges including tax fraud after the prosecution rested its case, questioning an outside accountant who the Trump Organization contends should have caught a top executive cheating on taxes.
The first witness called by the defense was Donald Bender, an accountant with the firm Mazars who handled the Trump Organization’s taxes. Bender was granted immunity from prosecution for testifying before the grand jury that indicted the company and Weisselberg.