Former President Donald Trump is gearing up to attend a civil fraud trial next week in New York, where he will face allegations alongside his business and some of his children. The trial, revolving around a $250 million civil suit, is set to take place in a Manhattan courtroom. Trump is expected to be present on Monday and Tuesday, giving him the opportunity to address the accusations against him before departing on Wednesday. However, there is always a chance that his plans could change.
During a recent campaign stop in California, Trump expressed his intention to attend the trial, labeling it a “disgrace” and claiming that it is “rigged.” The trial centers on allegations made by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office, accusing the Trumps of exaggerating their business assets. The case was given the green light to proceed to trial after New York Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump’s financial statements were fraudulent.
The civil trial, which is expected to be heard as a bench trial without a jury, has already sparked intense controversy. Trump, along with his sons Don Jr. and Eric, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and accused Attorney General James of pursuing a partisan “witch hunt.” Notably, Trump’s attendance at the trial would place him face-to-face with Judge Engoron, whom he has openly attacked on social media.
Judge Engoron’s ruling highlighted discrepancies in the claimed size of Trump’s New York apartment, suggesting fraudulent overvaluation. As a result of the ruling, several limited liability companies associated with Trump, including the Trump Organization LLC, were dissolved. Additionally, Trump’s attorneys were sanctioned $7,500 each for making legal arguments that had already been rejected.
Despite his efforts to delay the trial, Trump’s request was denied by Judge Engoron. Furthermore, a state appeals court granted permission for the trial to proceed on Monday. This civil trial adds to the legal challenges that Trump is currently facing, particularly as he leads the polls among GOP presidential nomination candidates. It is essential to note that Trump has pleaded not guilty in all four criminal cases against him, including federal and state indictments related to overturning the 2020 election results.
As the trial approaches, all eyes will be on the Manhattan courtroom, anticipating the outcome of this high-stakes case. The attendance of the former president itself adds an extra layer of interest to the proceedings, creating an environment ripe with tension and drama. For now, it remains to be seen how this trial will ultimately impact Trump’s political ambitions and legal battles.