BREAKING NEWS Trump cancels plan to testify at civil fraud trial in New York, says he has ‘nothing more to say other than that this is a complete and total election interference’
- Former President Donald Trump now says he will not testify at his civil fraud trial in New York Monday
- Trump posted the announcement that there would be no sequel to his November 6 testimony on his Truth Social Media platform, in all caps
- He said he has already testified enough in the ‘corrupt, Biden-directed, New York State Attorney General’s rigged trial against me’
Former President Donald Trump now says he will not testify at his civil fraud trial in New York Monday, calling the entire process ‘complete and total election interference.’
Trump posted the announcement that there would be no sequel to his November 6 testimony on his Truth Social Media platform, in all caps.
‘As everyone knows, I have very successfully and conclusively testified in this corrupt, Biden-directed, New York State Attorney General’s rigged trial against me,’ he wrote.
‘World-renowned experts, highly-respected bank and insurance executives, real estate professionals, as well as others both honest and credible, have stated, clearly and unequivocally, that I and my very successful company did nothing wrong!’
He claims that his financial students were ‘extraordinary’ and cited an NYU professor who would’ve given him an ‘A’ grade on them.
Former President Donald Trump now says he will not testify at his civil fraud trial in New York Monday, calling the entire process ‘complete and total election interference’
He also criticized James as ‘racist’ and her employees as ‘thugs’ and Judge Arthur Engoron as ‘highly partisan and out of control.’
He continued a repeated complaint that the court has said his Mar-a-Lago resort is only worth $18million when, in his opinion, it is worth ’50 to 100 times that amount.’
Trump also contrasted the expert testimony between his team’s NYU Professor Eli Bartov and the state using ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
‘Our unassailable expert witness has been so strong and irrefutable in his testimony, which will conclude on Tuesday, and that I have already testified to everything and have nothing more to say other than that this is a complete and total election interference (Biden campaign!) witch hunt, that will do nothing but keep businesses out of New York, I will not be testifying on Monday. MAGA!’
He referred to Cohen as a ‘sleazebag and disbarred former lawyer’ who repeatedly lied under oath in a ‘non-recoverable Perry Mason moment.’
‘That alone ends this Biden-driven witch hunt,’ he concluded. ‘Election interference!’
Trump, his company and top executives, are alleged to have exaggerated his wealth by billions of dollars on the financial statements by inflating property values.
Before the trial, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and other defendants committed fraud by exaggerating his net worth and the value of assets on his financial statements.
The judge imposed a punishment that could strip Trump of some marquee properties, though an appeals court is keeping them in his control for now.
Trump left Trump Tower Thursday morning, after skipping Wednesday night’s prime time presidential debate in Alabama, and headed for the courthouse, where he once again delivered a harangue about the case against him.
He was accompanied by longtime aide and former White House official Margo Martin, who could be seen holding up her cell phone on outside his motorcade.
Trump, who is once again subject to a judge’s gag order, fired off an attack on New York AG Letitia James, and called Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over the trial, ‘crooked.’
Former President Donald Trump headed back to a Manhattan court where his fraud trial is underway
The ‘gag’, upheld by an appeals court, prohibits him from attacking court personnel like Engoron’s chief clerk, after Trump repeatedly accused her of controlling the judge and posted a link to her instagram page.
‘Heading to a Witch Hunt with a Crooked Judge and a Bats..t CRAZY (and Racist!), A.G.,’ Trump wrote. ‘This case was decided against me before it even started. WE WON AT THE APPELLATE DIVISION, BUT HIGHLY POLITICAL AND DISRESPECTFUL JUDGE ENGORON REFUSES TO HONOR THEIR ORDER!’ Trump posted on his Truth Social site.
Trump last appeared at his trial a month ago. Since then, key Trump Organization witnesses have appeared in a trial where prosecutors accuse Trump and his company of inflating real estate valuations to secure lending and avoid taxes.
His comments that brought the gag order came inside the courthouse, where media members and camera crews have been lined up to capture his comments when he appears.
Trump railed against the judge and prosecutors during comments Thursday, when he watched the trial as his defense team wrapped up
Trump skipped Wednesday’s presidential debate. He tore into Judge Arthur Engoron from inside the courthouse
Bar none: Trump spoke repeatedly from the courthouse
Trump aide Margo Martin accompanied him to court
Trump attacked AG Letitia James again on Thursday, calling her ‘crazed’ and a ‘lunatic’ inside the courtroom
Trump was accompanied by attorneys Alina Habba (r), Chris Kise (l) and Clifford Robert (not pictured)
Trump blasted the judge and the AG Thursday, but did not single out members of his staff as he has in the past
Trump called the state AG a ‘lunatic’ and ‘bat**** crazy’
‘We did nothing wrong. There were no victims. The bank loved us,’ Trump said Thursday, calling James ‘crazed’ and ‘a lunatic,’ while blaming her for violent crime in New York, with his lawyer Alina Habba standing behind him.
He glared once again while photographers and videographers captured a brief moment inside the courtroom.
Trump called the case a ‘witch hunt’ and called it a ‘very corrupt trial.’ Engoron has already ruled him liable for fraud in the civil case.
Trump’s lawyers are preparing to call as a witness Eli Bartov, a New York University accounting professor to speak about property valuations and financial statements which are key to the case.
James tweeted Thursday, ‘Donald Trump engaged in years of financial fraud and enriched himself and his family. We have already proven the massive scale of his fraud. No matter how much he lies, the facts don’t.’
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