Trump Decision Imminent

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( – We get to the climax of this legal drama as The New York civil trial involving former President Donald Trump and his business empire reached a pivotal moment as the evidence phase concluded Wednesday.

State Attorney General Letitia James expressed confidence in having proven her fraud case against Trump, the current front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Meanwhile, Trump’s defense team is already eyeing an appeal.

Judge Arthur Engoron, presiding over the case, has set the date for closing arguments on January 11, with a ruling expected within the same month. This decision is poised to coincide with the onset of the GOP presidential primaries in states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Reflecting on the trial’s progression, Judge Engoron shared his thoughts, stating, “In a strange way, I’m going to miss this trial.” The final hours of testimony focused on accounting standards.

Attorney General James accused Trump and his real estate business of consistently providing fraudulent financial statements to secure favorable loan and insurance terms. The defense concluded its case on Tuesday, followed by a brief rebuttal from the state on Wednesday.

Highlighting the gravity of the allegations, Ms. James took to social media, stating, “We rested our case against Donald Trump for years of financial fraud. The judge already found that Trump engaged in significant fraud and unjustly enriched himself and his family.” She emphasized the trial’s role in uncovering the full extent of the alleged fraud and Trump’s inability to refute it.

Although Judge Engoron has ruled that some fraud did occur, the trial mainly focused on the remaining claims and potential damages.

The trial, which began in early October, featured testimonies from Trump, his eldest sons, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, and various experts in real estate, accounting, and property valuations.

Ms. James is seeking over $300 million in damages and aims to prohibit the Trump family from conducting business in New York.

Trump, in response, has consistently criticized both Ms. James and Judge Engoron, accusing them of bias and dismissing the possibility of settling the lawsuit before the judge’s final ruling. He expressed his sentiments on Truth Social, alleging a biased judge and a politically motivated lawsuit intended to derail his presidential campaign.

Trump maintains that Ms. James and her team lack an understanding of real estate practices and asserts that banks have willingly collaborated with him. He characterizes the lawsuit as a result of a “corrupt Attorney General” and a “Trump Hating Radical Left Judge.”

Despite the challenging circumstances in the lower court, Trump’s legal team, led by attorneys Chris Kise and Alina Habba, remains optimistic about succeeding in an appeal. Habba noted the defense’s strong performance despite perceived bias in the court.

The culmination of this trial is not just a significant event in Trump’s legal battles but also an episode that could influence the political landscape, particularly as Trump leads in the GOP primary polls for the 2024 presidential race.