Former President Donald Trump blasted a Manhattan judge’s ruling against him as “horrible” and “horrible” in a rambling social media post after he was found guilty of fraud and had his New York business license revoked. Un-American”.
“The widespread attacks on me, my family, and my supporters have grown to new, un-American depths and are being carried out by a deranged New York State judge who is completely biased and corrupt.” “Officer” Letitia James, Trump, 77, complained on his “Truth Social” platform after the ruling.
“This is Democratic Party political law and an unprecedented political persecution. This is an attempt to seriously harm the opposition party’s by far leading political candidate,” he said angrily.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron found that Trump, his family and his business, the Trump Organization, vastly overstated his wealth on business documents for years to get favorable deals from banks , thereby committing fraud — a charge brought for the first time by New York Attorney General Letitia James. Her suit against the defendant.
“This has never happened before in our country. My civil rights have been violated and some appeals court, whether federal or state, must overturn this horrific, un-American decision. If they can Do it to me and they can do it to you!” Trump added.
In a 35-page ruling, N’Golon sided with James, who claimed Trump made several undisputed false statements to obtain the favorable loan.
The judge revoked the Trump Organization’s New York “business certificate” and any other New York-based businesses run by Trump or his family. According to the ruling, an independent third party will be responsible for “administering the dissolution of the canceled LLC.”
Trump has tried to have the courts throw out James’ fraud and other claims, but Ngolon has also denied them. The former president claimed that Ngolon refused to transfer the case to what he said was the “commercial division” of the state court where the case fell.
He also complained that the decision was made without a jury trial.
“[The Trump Organization] “This is a great company that is being maligned and maligned by this politically motivated witch hunt,” Trump said in another Truth Society post.
Trump and his family appear particularly troubled by the judge’s valuation of his sprawling Florida estate, Mar-A-Lago, which is estimated to be worth $18 million. He said the property could be worth “almost 100 times that amount”.
Eric Trump, the former president’s son, said Mar-a-Lago may be “the most valuable residential property in the United States.”
“In an effort to destroy my father and kick him out of New York, a judge just ruled that Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida is only worth about ‘$18 million’…” he Tweet. “Presumably Mar-a-Lago deserves our [sic] At over a billion dollars, it is arguably the most valuable residential property in the country. It’s all so corrupt and coordinated. “
“If Mar-a-Lago was worth $18 million… I’d buy it for $10!!!” Donald Trump Jr., Eric’s brother, tweeted.
“The Florida real estate community is laughing at this stupidity,” Eric Trump responded. He also shared listings for several nearby properties with prices well over $18 million.
“If my dad tried to claim the property was worth $18 million, he could be charged with trying to underpay real estate taxes!” Donald Trump Jr. wrote in another tweet. “They’ve set the game up to always lose/lose in these blue states. If you don’t follow what they say, they’re going to target you.”
“I’m worth far more than what’s shown on my financial statements,” Trump shouted on “Truth Society.”
The judge’s ruling means Trump could be stripped of control of some of his namesake properties, including Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan.
His lawyer said the 45th president plans to appeal the decision.
Engoron is scheduled to begin a nonjury trial on Oct. 2 to hear arguments on other charges in the lawsuit before making a decision on those charges.
James’ office has previously accused the former president, the Trump Organization, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. of inflating the value of their assets by as much as $3.6 billion annually.