Former President Donald Trump is on trial in New York in a $250 million lawsuit that could alter the personal fortune and real estate empire that helped propel Trump to the White House.
Trump, his sons Eric and Don Jr., and Trump Organization executives are accused by New York Attorney General Letitia James of engaging in a decade-long scheme in which they used “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” to inflate Trump’s net worth in order get more favorable loan terms. The trial comes after the judge in the case ruled in a partial summary judgment that Trump had submitted “fraudulent valuations” for his assets, leaving the trial to determine additional actions and what penalty, if any, the defendants should receive.
The former president has denied all wrongdoing and his attorneys have argued that Trump’s alleged inflated valuations were a product of his business skill.
AG downplays Cohen’s testimony as Trump slams it
Following the adjournment of court for the day, Trump and New York Attorney General Letitia James offered contrasting views of the testimony of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
Trump, speaking to reporters in a courthouse hallway, continued to claim that today was his Perry Mason moment.
“He was caught lying like no one has ever lied,” he said of Cohen. “It was better than a Perry Mason moment, and that should be the end of the case.”
The former president also criticized Judge Engoron for not ending the trial following Cohen’s testimony, claiming he is being “railroaded.”
“Any other judge, this would be the end of the case,” Trump said.