Judge says no delay in New York civil trial against Trump

September 7, 2023

Judge Arthur Engoron of the Supreme Court 1st Judicial District in New York said that state’s $250 million lawsuit against former President Trump and his company will go forth without delay.

Nearly a year ago, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed suit against Trump, his companies and its officers including several of Trump’s adult children over allegations of more than 200 instances of bank, tax and insurance fraud over a 10-year period from 2011 to 2021.

In June a New York State appeals court dismissed all claims against Ivanka Trump, the former President’s daughter, but it rejected a bid to dismiss the case altogether. Two of her brothers—Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump—are named in the suit.

On Wednesday, Judge Engoron said arguments that Trump and others made were unconvincing, such as the Trump team’s claim that James did not have standing or capacity to bring the lawsuit.

Trump has denied all wrongdoing, calling James’ case a political witch hunt. In August 2022 during a deposition in James’ office, he pleaded the fifth amendment against self-incrimination more than 400 times.

The trial, over which Engoron is presiding, is scheduled to begin October 2 in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

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