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In Court, GOP Donor Ron Gidwitz Appears To Contradict His Own Testimony

There's a daisy-chain of lawsuits involving Ron Gidwitz, a top Republican donor who previously ran for governor and chaired the state board of education. He was also the finance chair for Trump-Pence Victory Illinois.

Gidwitz and his family own a subsidized housing complex in Joliet which has been the subject of an ongoing lawsuit for more than a decade.

Their lawyers in that lawsuit quit, saying they hadn't been paid. They sued for millions in fees. Gidwitz sued back.

Today, under questioning, Gidwitz would answer a question only to be shown video of himself in a deposition, giving a different answer, under oath, to the exact same question. This happened more than half a dozen times. 

Gidwitz also admitted that his primary claim — that his former lawyer had promised to bill him a flat fee, instead of billing per hour — was not reflected in any of what one lawyer called “about a million” documents in the court record.

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