(TheRedWire.com) – Former President Donald Trump has been going through a tough week as he has had many legal setbacks and needs to attend his New York civil fraud trial case.
On Friday, Trump’s attempt to halt court proceedings was unsuccessful. Concurrently, he is contesting a pretrial decision that threatens his ownership of several prized assets, including Trump Tower. However, an appeals court judge ruled in favor of allowing Trump to retain control over his businesses. The civil court trial is set to commence next week.
Prior to the commencement of the trial, Judge Arthur Engoron released a detailed ruling. In this statement, he acknowledged that New York Attorney General Letitia James had already made significant strides in substantiating the primary allegation in the case. Specifically, she had successfully demonstrated that Trump had engaged in deceptive practices towards insurers and banks. By exaggerating the worth of his assets, Trump was able to secure more favorable loan terms than he otherwise would have qualified for. This manipulation potentially indicated a fraudulent intent, a central focus of the trial.
Trump, leading the 2024 Republican presidential race, has consistently refuted any allegations of misconduct. Throughout the trial, he maintained his composure, but when addressing reporters outside, he persistently referred to the proceedings as a “witch hunt.”
Trump, in his bid to reclaim the presidency, has fervently denied any misconduct. On the inaugural day of the trial, his demeanor in the courtroom was noticeably reserved. Yet, during the lunch break, he passionately addressed television cameras, labeling the case a “witch hunt” and voicing strong criticisms against both Engoron and James. The trial is proceeding without a jury, as neither party sought its inclusion.
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