Donald Trump, accused along with his two sons of having inflated the value of their real estate assets in 2010, appeared in Manhattan court yesterday, on the second day of this civil trial.
Before entering the room, the former president once again attacked New York Attorney General Letitia James before the press, whom he described as “very corrupt” and “extremely incompetent.”
Then he sat in the courtroom in front of Judge Arthur Engoron, and in the presence of one of his sons, Eric Trump, and James, who initiated the investigation against the magnate’s family business and two of his sons, Donald Jr and Eric, the Trump Organization.
James is seeking $250 million in damages from the defendants and a ban on the father and two sons from ever running a company in New York state.
Donald Trump, who amassed his fortune in the real estate sector and casinos in the 1980s, would then lose control of several of his group’s emblematic buildings, such as Trump Tower, on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.
On Monday, on the first day of the trial, Trump told the press that what is happening to him “is a farce” and a “witch hunt.” “What is happening here is an attempt to harm me in the election,” added the favorite in the Republican primaries to return to the White House in next year’s elections.
The trial suddenly took on considerable importance last week when Engoron, who is presiding over it, ruled that “continued fraud” had been proven.