Trump Berates Judge After He Was Cut Off In Closing Remarks Of $370M New York Civil Fraud Case: ‘Would Not Let Me Explain’

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has made headlines once again as his civil fraud trial concluded on Thursday. Trump took a defiant stand against the judge, arguing his innocence and accusing Judge Arthur Engoron of cutting him off during the concluding arguments.

Trump expressed his frustration on his social media platform, Truth Social, claiming that the judge did not allow him to explain that he was worth much more than the financial statements presented in court. He also criticized the judge for allegedly devaluing Mar-a-Lago by a billion dollars in an attempt to support the Attorney General’s case against him.

During the trial’s concluding arguments, Trump interrupted to defend his actions and insisted on his innocence. New York Attorney General Letitia James initiated the trial, alleging that Trump and his business had exaggerated asset values to secure better financial conditions. James aims for a $370 million fine and has proposed prohibiting Trump and his sons from serving as corporate executives in New York. She also suggested appointing an independent monitor over the Trump Organization and imposing severe restrictions on its ability to secure new loans or assets.

“This case has never been about politics or personal vendetta or about name-calling. This case is about the facts and the law. And Mr. Donald Trump violated the law,” James stated following the trial’s conclusion.

Trump and his lawyers deny any wrongdoing and argue that no one was defrauded. However, Engoron, who presided over the case without a jury, will determine if any unlawful actions took place. Before the trial, Engoron had ruled that Trump and his firm had broadly committed fraud. His verdict, including any penalties, is expected by January 31.

This trial poses a significant legal challenge for Trump, who has consistently presented himself as a successful real estate mogul. A ruling against him could result in substantial financial penalties and impact his political ambitions as the presidential election looms. Trump is currently a leading contender in the Republican primary race, according to the latest weekly Morning Consult poll.

Regardless of the trial’s outcome, it is clear that Trump’s legal battles continue to make waves in the political landscape. As the former president fights to maintain his innocence, the consequences of this trial will undoubtedly shape his future endeavors.

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