• Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

Trump civil fraud trial continues in New York

Trump civil fraud trial continues in New York

Former President Donald Trump speaks as he arrives at a Manhattan courthouse in New York on Tuesday.
Former President Donald Trump speaks as he arrives at a Manhattan courthouse in New York on Tuesday. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued railing against New York Attorney General Letitia James and her civil fraud case against him on the second day of his trial in New York. 

“The rarely used Executive Law that the N.Y.A.G. is proceeding under is VERY UNFAIR, and being used against me for that reason. NY Executive Law 63 (12) does not require a victim, traditional elements of fraud are eliminated (the only such law!), the law allows a politically elected partisan prosecutor to convince a politically elected judge, who may be friends, to destroy even a Political Opponent,” Trump posted on Truth Social.

Trump posted, “This law may not be Constitutional and is not FAIR, and that is why terrible A.G. James chose it to use against me!!!” 

Trump called James a “Monster” and a “Trump Deranged Lunatic.” He called the New York attorney general “Letitia ‘Peekaboo’ James.” 

“Now that it has been agreed in Court that Mar-a-Lago is WORTH 50 to 100 times the Value the Racist & Incompetent Attorney General of New York State, Letitia “Peekaboo” James, ascribed to it (18 Million Dollars), & likewise other assets that were valued crazily low by this “Monster” that has allowed Violent Crime in New York to reach EPIDEMIC levels, and dangerous illegal migrants to roam free all over our State, we hope the Judge will TERMINATE his first ruling of fraud in that he was given false and ridiculous information by the Trump Deranged Lunatic, A.G. James,” Trump posted

Trump posted, “In actuality, I am WORTH FAR MORE than the numbers put down on the Financial Statements, not less. In addition, there is a far reaching and professionally drawn Disclaimer Clause boldly stated on the FIRST PAGE OF THE DOCUMENT. This entire case should be thrown out and dismissed. The A.G. should be reprimanded and sanctioned for bringing this case with its FAKE LOW VALUES, in order to make me look bad. Election Interference!”

Some background: James brought a $250 million lawsuit last September alleging that Trump and his co-defendants committed repeated fraud in inflating assets on financial statements to get better terms on commercial real estate loans and insurance policies.

Judge Arthur Engoron has already ruled on one of the claims — persistent and repeated fraud — finding Trump, his adult sons, their businesses and executives liable for fraud. 

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