A Superior Court judge has ruled that President-elect Donald Trump must return to the witness chair for questioning in his lawsuit against celebrity chef Jose Andres before his inauguration on Jan. 20.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Jennifer A. Di Toro made the ruling on Dec. 14, CNN reported. The ruling calls for the president-elect to sit for a deposition in New York City on the first week of January. The deposition may reportedly last up to seven hours.
The lawsuit was initiated by Trump, who sued Andres for breach of contract after the celebrity chef backed out of plans for a restaurant in Trump's new luxury hotel in Washington. Andres reportedly canceled the plans following Trump's comments about Mexicans during his presidential campaign.
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best," Donald Trump said during his presidential announcement speech in June 2015, according to The Washington Post. "They’re not sending you. ... They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with [them]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
Trump's attorneys had previously agreed to the deposition in New York City, but hoped to limit the length of the questioning. They argued in court filings that their client "is not just any apex deponent; he is the President-elect ... It is not an overstatement that he is extremely busy handling matters of very significant public importance."
Di Toro however, didn't budge. The judge argued that "Trump's own statements are at the heart" of the claims.
Andres had suggested Dec. 13 that both parties put the lawsuit to an end, and instead donate money to veterans.
"Mr. [Trump] can we end our lawsuits and we donate $ to a Veterans NGO to celebrate?" Andres tweeted. "Why keep litigating? Let's both of us win."