NEW YORK (AP) — On Thursday, the former president Donald Trump made a comeback ,
to his civil fraud trial in order to emphasize his defense, reiterate his claims that the case is without merit,
and lavish praise on the evidence of an accounting professor who supported him.After over two months of testimony,
the leading Republican candidate for president in 2024 arrived to see Eli Bartov, an accounting professor at New York University, speak.
The professor challenged the central claim of the lawsuit brought by New York State Attorney General Letitia James,
which was that Trump had falsely inflated asset valuations on his financial records for properties like his penthouse in Trump Tower and his Florida Mar-a-Lago club."
My primary conclusion is that there is absolutely no proof of any accounting fraud,"
stated Bartov, who was brought in by Trump's legal team to provide a professional viewpoint. "There was no material misstatement" in Trump's financial accounts,