Trump to be deposed in lawsuit against chef
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE will be deposed Thursday in his lawsuit against a celebrity chef regarding a development property in Washington, D.C.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee will face a deposition at the offices of the attorneys representing his opponent, chef Geoffrey Zakarian, CNN reported. The judge ordered the deposition.


Trump sued Zakarian and chef José Andrés in August after they backed out of a project for restaurants in Trump's redevelopment of the Old Post Office. Trump sued the chefs for a breach of contract after they canceled the plans.

The chefs withdrew from the project in response to comments Trump has made about Mexican immigrants during his campaign.

Both chefs filed counter claims in response to the lawsuit.

"We share a different set of morals and values," Zakarian said of Trump in an interview in March with Metro.

"My whole life is spent with Mexican-Americans. Seventy-five percent of my staff is Mexican-American. They're my backbone. That's a family. ... I stand by what I did. I'm very happy I did it. I sleep very well at night."

Zakarian and Andrés have said Trump's comments would have had a potentially negative effect on their customers.

But Trump's lawyers said the candidate's remarks have actually had a positive impact on his businesses.

"Data from the pre- and post-political statements time period gleaned from STR Global-generated 'STAR Reports' show that five of the six Trump-branded hotels in the United States continue to perform well as compared with competitor hotels, and data from the signature restaurants in each of these hotels are performing better in the timeframe after the political statements than they were in the timeframe before the political statements," Trump's lawyers wrote in a court filing submitted earlier this month.

Trump has faced backlash for comments he made recently suggesting that an Indiana-born federal judge overseeing a fraud lawsuit against Trump University could be biased against him because of the judge's Mexican heritage.