Donald Trump took to social media on Monday to scrutinize Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over his and his family’s civil fraud trial in New York, calling the judge “obsessed,” adding that Engoron is “devastated by the truth” and “just can’t let it go.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump and his family, including sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, for $250 million, and The Trump Organization, accusing them of frequently inflating Trump’s own net worth and the value of his assets by billions of dollars from 2011 to 2021 to secure better deals and loans.
The accusations have been dismissed by the Trump family who have maintained their innocence, accusing James’ office of being politically motivated and attempting to harm Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign. Since the case is a civil matter, it will not result in any jail time.
In October, Engoron ruled that the Trump family, their businesses and executives committed fraud and will be held civilly liable to an extent to be determined throughout the duration of the trial. The court will also rule on six other accusations, including falsifying business records, insurance fraud, and conspiracy claims.
Engoron himself will rule on the charges, which could result in Trump and his family losing some of their famous properties and be barred from doing business in New York.
“The Trump Hating Judge MUST WITHDRAW his ‘bull….’ early ruling (before the trial even started. HE KNEW NONE OF THE FACTS!),” the former president wrote on Truth Social on Monday. “He is devastated by the TRUTH, but just can’t let it go. He is OBSESSED! Any other Judge but this one would have dismissed this ridiculous lawsuit years ago.”
Trump continued: “He asked me to settle for a MUCH LOWER AMOUNT, at a settlement conference, but I said NO, I DID NOTHING WRONG! Businesses will NEVER come back to New York if this HOAX is not dismissed & forgotten!”
The former president also accused Engoron and James of manufacturing charges and purportedly talking down the value of his properties to harm his reputation, notably his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Trump claimed that it is all part of a “political witch hunt,” a phrase he and his supporters have repeated since the lawsuit was first filed.
“There was FRAUD, however, but by the Judge and the A.G., in saying that Mar-a-Lago was worth only $18,000,000, when they knew it was worth many times that amount,” the ex-president wrote in his Truth Social post. “They just wanted to make me look bad – All a big SCAM by the New York A.G. in order to get elected, and then to run for Governor, unsuccessfully.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s newest remarks followed testimony by his son, Donald Jr., on the witness stand on Monday. It is the former president’s son’s second time taking the stand, this time as the first defendant for the defense.
He previously testified to having no direct involvement with the filing of such financial statements that allegedly inflated his father’s worth. However, he also testified that he did sign off on such statements, though The Trump Organization’s accountants had “more intimate understanding of the specifics of those things” than he did.