Donald Trump Criticizes New York Judge’s Ruling on Wealth
Former U.S. President Donald Trump expressed strong disapproval of a recent ruling by a New York judge, characterizing it as a ‘sad day’ for the justice system.
The ruling, delivered by Justice Arthur Engoron, found that Trump had consistently misrepresented his wealth over several years, a decision with significant implications for an upcoming trial.
Boost for State Attorney General in Upcoming Trial
Justice Engoron’s ruling represents a notable setback for the former president.
It effectively strengthens the position of New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who is set to pursue damages against Trump in an October trial.
The case revolves around allegations that Trump provided inflated property valuations to lenders while understating them with tax authorities.
Cancellation of Certificates and Appointment of Receiver
As a consequence of the ruling, Justice Engoron ordered the cancellation of certificates that allowed various Trump businesses, including the Trump Organization, to operate in New York.
Additionally, he mandated the appointment of a receiver to oversee the dissolution of these businesses.
Allegations of Fictitious Valuations
The judge’s ruling also highlighted how Trump, along with his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, the Trump Organization, and other defendants, had allegedly fabricated property valuations and inflated Trump’s net worth to serve their business interests.
Trump’s Response on Truth Social
In response to the ruling, Donald Trump took to the social media platform Truth Social to express his discontent.
He labeled it ‘a very sad day for the New York State System of Justice’ and questioned the court’s priorities.
Trump argued that the ruling failed to address rising crime rates in New York State, emphasizing the importance of business in the region.
Civil Trial on the Horizon
The civil trial stemming from these allegations is slated to commence in October and may extend into the end of the year.
Notably, Donald Trump remains a prominent figure in the GOP and leads the Republican presidential nomination race as these legal proceedings unfold.
This development underscores the legal challenges and political dynamics surrounding the former president’s financial dealings and his potential future in politics.