Trump will defend himself in the trial that threatens his real estate empire

Donald Trump entered politics after making his fortune in business: On Monday, the US presidential hopeful will be heard in a high-stakes civil trial in New York accused of inflating his fortune from a colossal way to attract. the banks

“Swollen” according to his son Eric, the former president of the United States, 77 years old, has to sit on Monday at 10 a.m. to the left of his judge, Arthur Engoron, another septuagenarian with whom he maintains execrable relations since the opening of the debates. on October 2.

Like the four criminal cases in which he is accused and risks a prison sentence, Donald Trump has continued to attack the magistrate, a “thug”, “disturbed”, “hateful”, who would do the “dirty work” of the Democrats.

For his part, the judge reprimanded him, then punished him with two fines, $5,000 and $10,000, for implicating his secretary.

Donald Trump will be questioned by the Attorney General of the State of New York during this non-jury civil trial, in which his two sons Donald Jr. and Eric, executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization, a myriad of companies, are also being prosecuted . manager of residential and office high-rises, luxury hotels, residences and golf courses worldwide.

During his first testimony as part of the investigation, on August 10, 2022, he denounced, in the preamble, “the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country”, carried out in his eyes by the Attorney General of New York State Letitia. James before he shut up.

The trial is just one of the first legal tests that await Donald Trump on the road to the Republican primaries and the presidential election, which he hopes to win to return to the White House.

In March 2024, he is expected, above all, before the federal justice in Washington, accused of conspiring to annul the result of the presidential election of 2020.

So far, his accusations haven’t hurt his lead over his Republican rivals in the polls. Sunday, a year before the presidential elections, a vote News from New York/Siena College also gave him a winner against Joe Biden in five of six key states: Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

“Repeated Frauds”

The civil trial is off to a rocky start: Even before it opened, the judge found that the New York State Attorney General’s Office presented “conclusive evidence that, between 2014 and 2021, the defendants overstated the goods” from the “$812” group. million (a) $2.2 billion” depending on the year, in Donald Trump’s annual financial statements.

As a result of “repeated fraud”, he ordered the liquidation of the companies that managed these assets, such as Trump Tower and the 40 Wall Street skyscrapers in New York, or the opulent Seven Springs residence in a bucolic corner of his suburbs In other words, Donald Trump would simply lose control of a portion of his real estate empire.

The decision was overturned on appeal, but it gives an idea of ​​the stakes of the case for the Republican billionaire.

Donald Trump regularly attended hearings in New York, turning each of his courtroom appearances into media rituals, insulting the judge and the attorney general, an African-American and Democratic elected official, whom he calls a “racist.” and “corrupt”. Or repeating that his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, is worth 50 to 100 times more than the court fees (US$ 17 to 28 million), which take into account restrictions on the use of the site, because it is a private club, which diminishes its value.

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