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Hard-left judge in Trump’s NY fraud trial all out for himself

Oct 18, 2023

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New York City Judge Arthur Engoron is currently presiding over a trial involving a $250 million lawsuit filed in 2022 by New York Attorney General Letitia James against former President Donald Trump. The lawsuit accuses Trump, two of his sons, their company, and other executives of years of widespread fraud.

During a recent appearance outside a New York City courtroom, the former president decried that the trial was “a sham,” referred to James as a “racist,” and labeled Judge Engoron as a “rogue judge.”

Straight Arrow News contributor Newt Gingrich shares Trump’s perspective, contending that Judge Engoron exhibits a clear left-wing bias, holds anti-Trump sentiments, and appears to prioritize his own interests over impartiality.

So this judge has already set himself up to have all of this thrown out, but he doesn’t care. He’s getting a ton of publicity in New York. He’s communicating to New Yorkers that he’s deeply anti-Trump. And in the Democratic Party of New York, as long as you’re deeply anti-Trump, it doesn’t matter that you’re cheating.

Very successful former U.S. prosecutor Andy McCarthy, who had prosecuted the original World Trade Center bombings, and is very, very respected, made the comment that this is not a trial, this is a political action. It has nothing to do with the law. The judge is behaving as a political actor, not as a judge, and the whole thing is a travesty and a violation of the rule of law.

Well, I think you’re gonna see more and more of that. When you watch what’s happening in New York, just keep that in mind. There were no victims. There were no complaints that Trump in any way changed valuations. Nobody’s walked in to say they were swindled. This judge decided that he would make a case based on his interpretation as an anti-Trump left-winger. It’s amazing, it’s un-American, and as you’re watching it, just remember, [if] they can do it to him, they can do it to you.

If you’ve had a chance to watch President Trump in the courtroom in New York, over the civil case involving whether or not in fact, he was changing the valuation of his properties, a couple of key things you ought to know. First, of course, the judge has a hard left Democratic Party politician who in a city that is very heavily Democratic, thinks he’s helping his career by being very aggressively anti Trump. Second, in cases that involve an issue of value, I say it’s worth $100. You say it’s worth $200. The judge can’t make that decision. This is a key principle of law. This particular judge decided on his own, for example, that Mara Largo was worth about $18 million.

 

One estimate is that Mar a Lago beauty, it’s a very big property on the ocean, with a huge house and a number of cottages, that the property is probably worth, potentially $1,500,000,000. So for this judge to use numbers, like 18 million, to say that Trump was inflating values is crazy. Normally, in a property trial like this, what you do is you bring in the government expert, they offer their value, then you bring in the defense experts, they’ve given you their value, and you have to have a jury, because the jury has to decide which of these values is right, or is it a middle ground, somewhere between, you know, 18 million and 1,000,000,005, for example, that cannot be done by the judge. So this judge has already set himself up to have all of this thrown out, but he doesn’t care. He’s getting a ton of publicity in New York. He’s communicating to New Yorkers, that he’s deeply anti Trump. And in the Democratic Party of New York, as long as you’re deeply anti Trump. It doesn’t matter that you’re cheating. Very successful. Former US prosecutor, Andy McCarthy, who had prosecuted the original World Trade Center bombings, and was very, very respected, made the comment that this is not a trial. This is a political action. It has nothing to do with the law. The judge is behaving as a political actor, not as a judge, and the whole thing is a travesty and a violation of the rule of law. Well, I think you’re gonna see more and more of that. When you watch what’s happening in New York, just keep that in mind. There were no victims. There were no complaints to Trump it in any way changed valuations. Nobody’s walked in to say they were swindled. This judge decided that he would make a case based on his interpretation as an anti Trump left winger. It’s amazing. It’s on American and as you’re watching it, just remember, they can do it to him. They can do it to you

 

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