A judge has refused President-elect Donald Trump's request to cancel or limit a deposition he's scheduled to give at Trump Tower early next month in a lawsuit he filed over abandoned plans for a restaurant at his new Washington hotel.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Jennifer Di Toro issued an order Wednesday turning down Trump's lawyers' motion to scuttle the planned testimony in a case Trump's companies filed against firms owned by Washington celebrity chef Jose Andres. Andres canceled plans for a Spanish restaurant at the new Trump International Hotel, after Trump disparaged Mexicans during his campaign launch in 2015.
Trump's attorneys had asked that he not testify or that the session be limited to two hours instead of the usual seven. They also sought to prevent Andres' lawyers from asking questions duplicative of those asked in another lawsuit Trump filed against Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, who also backed out of plans for a separate restaurant at the same hotel.
"The Court finds that entry of a protective order would cause significant prejudice to the Defendants by inhibiting their right to prepare the case for trial, and minimal, if any, prejudice to Mr. Trump, whose schedule the Defendants have agreed to accommodate," Di Toro wrote. "The Court finds that Mr. Trump has unique personal knowledge relevant to the claims presented in the instant action and has not shown good cause for the entry of a protective order." Read full story here