'Corrupt' judge slaps down Trump's claim fraud case is outside statute of ... trends now
Donald Trump was deflated Tuesday when a New York judge clarified comments suggesting the fraud case might be outside the statute of limitations.
The ex-President tore into those running the case against him and slammed Judge Arthur Engoron as 'corrupt.'
In a Truth Social post on Tuesday, Trump claimed the case against him in New York is being run by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's 'girlfriend' Alison Greenfield, a prospective candidate for Manhattan Civil Court.
Schumer has been married to Iris Weinshall since 1980.
'Schumer's girlfriend, Alison R. Greenfield, is running this case against me. How disgraceful!' Trump posted. 'This case should be dismissed immediately!!'
As Trump appeared voluntarily a second day in court, Judge Engoron set the record straight about a comment that the ex-president touted as an important victory.
New York Judge Arthur Engoron set the record straight Tuesday by clarifying a statement he made the day prior that had Trump declaring a victory in his fraud case
Judge Engoron (pictured in court on Tuesday) suggested during trial on Monday that the testimony against Trump's 2011 financial statement could be beyond the statute of time limitations
Engoron suggested Monday that testimony about Trump's 2011 financial statement might be beyond the legal time limit applicable to New York Attorney General Letitia James' lawsuit against him.
The case alleges that Trump and his business repeatedly lied about his wealth on official financial statements.
Trump, meanwhile, heaped more attacks on New York AG Letitia James Tuesday, calling her 'racist' and a 'Monster' and once again blasting property valuations for his Florida club – now claiming its value could approach $2 billion.
'See you in Court on Tuesday morning!' Trump vowed in one of his posts, after delivering blistering statements Monday inside the Manhattan courthouse where his company faces up to $250 million in fines.
Trump blasted her again outside the courtroom, calling her 'grossly incompetent' and a 'fraud.'
'Her numbers are fraudulent,' the former president and GOP presidential frontrunner said.
Trump said it had been 'agreed in Court' that his Florida private club is worth '50 to 100 times' what James included in her lawsuit. A judge found Trump's company had overstated property valuations by a total of $2 billion.
Engoron in his own summary judgment ruling finding fraud cited Palm Beach County assessors who found the club was worth between $18 million and $28 million from 2011 to 2021.
A broker representing Mar-a-Lago agreed in 2020 agreed with the $27 million determination.
But Trump's team has cited local property sales indicating it would be worth far more. The late talk host Rush Limbaugh's nearby estate recently sold for $155 million.
Talk of the relevant statute of limitations rules also came up on Tuesday. Trump's legal team has argued that the time limit cuts off most of the case considering there are activities dated before 2014.
Engoron said Tuesday that 'statutes of limitations bar claims, not evidence' and that at the trial's early stage, he's inclined to give both sides considerably leeway to connect older evidence to claims in the lawsuit.
'I want to emphasize: This trial is not an opportunity to relitigate what I have already decided,' Engoron said. He ruled last week that all the claims were allowable under the statute of limitations.
Former President Trump headed back to court Tuesday morning in New York. He once against lambasted state AG Letitia James, and claimed Mar-a-Lago was worth '50 to 100' times what James said in a filing that was based on statements by Palm Beach assessors that Trump's team calls dubious
Trump appeared in court for a second day Tuesday as he fights to preserve his business empire and avoid damages
Trump headed back to court Tuesday, after once again attacking prosecutor Letitia James
Trump said outside the courtroom Tuesday the value of his Mar-a-Lago club was 'closer to $1.5 billion' and called for James' case against him to be dismissed.
'She should probably read this and at a minimum, she should start looking for hte murderers and the criminals, the violent criminals' and the 'illegal migrants pouring into our city and state,' he fumed.
Trump on Tuesday focused his attacks on James, after making blistering comments Monday about Engoron, calling him a 'rogue' judge – only to turn around and praise a comment the judge made in court Monday afternoon, calling it 'very fair.'
That came after a comment that Trump said he interpreted as throwing out '80 percent' of the case due to a statute of limitations issue that is the subject of a legal dispute.
'Now that it has been agreed in Court that Mar-a-Lago is WORTH 50 to 100 times the Value the Racist & Incompetent Attorney General of New York State, Letitia 'Peekaboo' James, ascribed to it (18 Million Dollars), & likewise other assets that were valued crazily low by this 'Monster' that has allowed Violent Crime in New York to reach EPIDEMIC levels, and dangerous illegal migrants to roam free all over our State, we hope the Judge will TERMINATE his first ruling of fraud in that he was given false and ridiculous information by the Trump Deranged Lunatic, A.G. James,' Trump wrote on Truth Social.
Trump continued in his angry Tuesday posting: 'In actuality, I am WORTH FAR MORE than the numbers put down on the Financial Statements, not less. In addition, there is a far reaching and professionally drawn Disclaimer Clause boldly stated on the FIRST PAGE OF THE DOCUMENT. This entire case should be thrown out and dismissed. The A.G. should be reprimanded and sanctioned for bringing this case with its FAKE LOW VALUES, in order to make me look bad. Election Interference!'
Trump was referencing what he calls a 'worthless' clause in property evaluations, which essentially tell lenders to rely on their own determinations. Engoron, in his ruling of fraud last week, said Trump's reliance on the boilerplate language was itself 'worthless.'