Former President Trump branded New York Judge Arthur Engoron, who presided over New York AG Letitia James’ civil fraud lawsuit against the former president, a “democratic operative” who should be “disbarred.”
The first session of James’ civil fraud trial against Trump began this week, and the case is anticipated to last for three months.
Trump went to court for the opening day of his trial and criticized Judge Engoron, James, and the whole process several times during the day, including just before the trial began, during lunch, and after the day was over.
Trump said that Engoron needed to be “disbarred” for what he did.
“This judge should be taken off the bench. This judge should not be in office,” Trump declared. “Some individuals say this judge should be charged with a crime for what he is doing. He’s getting in the way of an election, which is shameful.”
“This is the next part of the greatest witch hunt ever. And you have a bad judge who said that homes are worth a very small amount—one-hundredth of what they’re really worth,” Trump informed reporters.
Trump also said:
“And this trial with the Democrat judge from the clubhouses is a waste of time. It’s a shame. These people should look for the killers who are murdering people all across New York. Furthermore, the brutal crime happening in our city and state is shameful. We’ll be right here for several months with a judge who already has made up his mind. It’s not funny. It’s silly that he’s both a judge and an agent for the Democrats. Besides that, everything went really well.”
Judge Engoron made a rare summary ruling last week, saying that James had proven her case before Trump’s lawyers could start their own defense.
Breitbart News said this:
“He went even further and fined Trump’s lawyers $7,500 each for filing multiple motions for dismissal that Judge Engoron found were pointless, despite the fact that a former judge had said the same thing in writing.”
“Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said that Trump lied about the worth of his real estate properties, which were only estimates, to begin with, in order to get loans from banks to buy more properties.”
“Without taking into account the fact that the financial institutions almost likely did their own research prior to providing those loans despite the fact that no financial institution suffered losses on the loans, the court agreed. There was no need to worry about anyone being hurt; exaggeration was still enough.”
“The judge focused on the Palm Beach County assessor’s estimation, not the assessments of nearby properties, and didn’t pay attention to the experts’ opinions that said Mar-a-Lago was worth more than $1 billion. Trump thinks the house is worth up to $612 million on the open market.”
Fox News said that Trump is likely to be at the hearing on the second day.
In spite of this, Trump commended Engoron at the close of the day for what the judge said about the case’s statute of limitations.
At the end of the first day, Engoron asked if listening to long witness evidence about financial papers from 2011 was a “waste of time,” since the statute of limitations ran out in 2014.
“I hope you can connect the 2011 records to a later event,” Engoron remarked, addressing the legal staff of the attorney general. “Or this whole thing was a waste of time.”
Trump said that Engoron’s words were “outstanding.”
“The last five minutes were important because the judge basically agreed that the law that we had won during the court of appeals is currently in effect,” Trump stated. “This indicates that about 80% of the case is finished.”
“The way I read that and the way everyone else in the room seems to read it is implying that the statute of limitations is genuine in this country.” Plus, about 80% of this case would already be over,” the former president said.
In a statement made after the first day of trial, Engoron seemed to say that he agreed that all the deals that happened before 2014 were no longer relevant to the case, Trump’s lawyers said.