An expert witness bemoaned Monday as a “waste of time” was quickly tripped up by a state attorney prosecuting Donald Trump’s $250 million civil fraud trial, according to reports.
Andrew Amer told underwriting expert David Miller his testimony about insurers’ reliance on media coverage contradicted a previous report of his own, according to ABC News.
On the stand, Miller denied having seen insurance underwriters rely on media outlets before the Zurich insurance company cited reports from Forbes and USA Today in a 2021 review of Trump policies, ABC News reported.
But Amer pointed out Miller’s own report stated, “Some underwriters do not require financials and instead use their experience and other means (such as Forbes and USA Today) to satisfy their underwriting needs.”
Amer suggested that was a contradiction, earning an objection from Trump’s lawyers.
“It seems completely inconsistent,” said Judge Arthur Engoron, according to the report. “What am I missing?”
Miller said the Zurich document was the first time he saw Forbes and USA Today cited as sources, specifically.
Earlier Monday, Amer scoffed at Miller as a “waste of time,” arguing he did not have expertise in the area on which he would testify.