Last Tuesday, New York Judge Arthur Engoron refused to dismiss a lawsuit against President Trump brought by the political activist, New York AG Letitia James.
Though not required to attend in person, on Monday Mr. Trump spoke to the press outside of a New York City courthouse before heading back into day one of the non-jury trial, a civil fraud case.
Trump, the nation’s 45th Chief Executive Officer, blasted the radical judge as he held up a new report from Palm Beach County.
Judge Engoron shockingly ruled that Mar-a-Lago is worth only $18 million – an absurd evaluation quickly blasted by many in the Florida real estate industry.
“Why are we trying a case that the appellate division of New York state has just ruled recently that we won 80% of our case and this judge refuses to acknowledge the ruling, which is plain for all to see,” Trump said.
Trump continued, “This rogue judge, a Trump hater… refuses to acknowledge the fact that we won 80% of this case, including the statute of limitations…It just came out a few minutes ago from Palm Beach County…the judge valued Mar-a-Lago at $18 million and it’s worth a billion dollars, maybe $1.5 billion.”
Later in the day President Trump and his lawyers once again spoke to the press outside the courthouse.
Both men said the judge conceded that the statute of limitations is in effect on transactions that closed prior to 2014, which according to Trump makes up 80% of the case.
A lawyer followed Trump saying: “Based on the judge’s comments at the end of the trial, it would appear that he is agreeing that all the transactions that closed prior to 2014 are now out of the case.”
Fox News reported:
Former President Donald Trump left the New York courtroom at the end of Monday’s proceedings praising Judge Arthur Engoron for what he called an “outstanding” last five minutes that, according to Trump, fell in his favor.
“That last five minutes was outstanding because the judge essentially conceded that they statute of limitations that we won at the court of appeals is in effect. Therefore, about 80% of the case is over,” Trump told reporters after exiting the court.
He said it was “unfair” there wasn’t a jury to decide the case, but continued praising the judge’s statement he referenced.
“The way I interpret that, and the way the room seems to interpret that is that the statute of limitations is a very real thing in this country. And about 80% of this case would be over,” he said.