Attorneys respond to judge’s inquiry about whether a former Trump Org. executive lied at trial

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An attorney for Donald Trump said in a filing Wednesday that a judge’s request for comment on whether an ex-Trump Organization executive lied on the stand during the former president’s civil fraud trial was “unprecedented, inappropriate and troubling.”

The filing — a response to New York state Judge Arthur Engoron’s request for comment on allegations that former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg lied on the stand during Trump’s tax fraud trial — comes after The New York Times reported last week that Weisselberg was in negotiations to plead guilty to perjury.

“The Article simply does not provide any principled basis for the Court to reopen the record or question the veracity of Mr. Weisselberg’s testimony in this case,” said attorney Clifford Robert, who appeared to be responding to Engoron’s request on behalf of all defendants except Weisselberg and Jeffrey McConney, a former Trump Organization senior vice president. Lawyers for Weisselberg and McConney would file separately, Robert said in a footnote.

In a separate letter, Trump attorney Alina Habba said she has not spoken with the district attorney’s office about “any of the matters discussed in the New York Times article.”