Donald Trump returns to court, lauds his defense expert who sees no evidence of accounting fraud

Former President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he returns to the courtroom from a break at New York Supreme Court, Thursday, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump returned to his civil fraud trial Thursday to spotlight his defense, renewing his complaints that the case is baseless and heaping praise on an accounting professor’s testimony that backed him up.