Former President Trump claimed Saturday that the judge in his New York civil fraud trial is a “complete and total puppet” of New York Attorney General Letitia James.
“Judge Arthur Engoron, the most overturned and stayed Judge in the State, and the Racist New York State Attorney General, the most corrupt & incompetent A.G. in the Country (Violent Crime Is Raging!), have FRAUDULENTLY Undervalued my properties, by many times, in order to make me look bad, and make the Judge’s original ridiculous finding of Fraud pass the ‘smell test,’ which it does not,” Trump said on Truth Social.
Following the appellate judge’s temporary removal of a limited gag order that had kept the former president and his lawyers from discussing Engoron’s personnel, Trump launched his most recent attack. His remarks also come after the case’s move for a mistrial was denied, refuting Trump’s assertion that the trial judge and his lead legal assistant had “tainted” the case with their purported prejudice against him.
“This Judicial and Prosecutorial corruption and misconduct took place BEFORE THE TRIAL EVEN STARTED, & WITHOUT ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE CASE,” the former president continued Saturday. “Judge Engoron just did what the highly partisan A.G. told him to do. He is her complete and total puppet!”
Strongly backing Trump, New York Representative Elise Stefanik (R) added to her initial ethics complaint against Engoron on Friday, saying the judge “wrongfully denied” Trump’s move for a mistrial.
As soon as the gag order was lifted, Trump attacked Engoron and his legal assistant on Truth Social.
“Judge Arthur Engoron has just been overturned (stayed!) by the New York State Appellate Division (Appeals Court), for the 4th TIME (on the same case!),” Trump posted Thursday.
“His Ridiculous and Unconstitutional Gag Order, not allowing me to defend myself against him and his politically biased and out of control, Trump Hating Clerk, who is sinking him and his Court to new levels of LOW, is a disgrace,” he added.
Notwithstanding the opposition, Engoron has already declared that the former president and his company are accountable for deception. In her complaint, James claimed that the Trump Organisation had manipulated the value of its assets in order to obtain better insurance coverage and cheaper taxes.
The attorney general’s office is requesting that Trump and his adult children be prohibited from conducting business in New York and that he be fined about $250 million.