Verdict Imminent: Trump's Civil Fraud Trial Nears End As New York Judge Prepares Ruling

By Jennifer Wentworth | Thursday, 15 February 2024 09:30 AM
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Former President Donald Trump is expected to receive the verdict in his New York civil fraud trial by the end of this week.

Judge Arthur Engoron is anticipated to deliver the verdict on Friday, determining whether Trump and his associates at the Trump Organization inflated the value of company assets to secure favorable terms from lenders. New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking $370 million in financial penalties if the defendants are found guilty.

In the midst of this trial, Trump has criticized New York Republican congressional candidate Mazi Pilip for her loss in the race for George Santos's old seat to Democrat Tom Suozzi. Trump labeled Pilip a "very foolish woman" for not adopting his MAGA brand and accused her of not understanding "modern politics in America."

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Furthermore, Trump's recent suggestion that he would abandon America's NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression if they did not meet their financial commitments to the military alliance was strongly condemned by President Joe Biden. During an address at the White House, Biden called Trump's comments "dumb," "shameful," "dangerous," and "unAmerican."

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Even with their past disagreements, progressive congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended Biden on CNN, stating that he is one of the most successful presidents in modern American history.

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In a recent episode of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart returned and criticized both Biden and Trump for their advanced ages. Stewart highlighted that the two candidates are outside the norm of anyone who has run for the presidency in the history of the country. He humorously suggested renaming the election coverage as "Indecision 2024 Antiques Roadshow" or "Indecision 2024: Electile Dysfunction."

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Moving on to endorsements, Trump has formally endorsed North Carolina Republican Party chairman Michael Whatley as his choice to lead the Republican National Committee (RNC). He has also proposed his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as the RNC's co-chair and his joint campaign manager, Chris LaCivita, as chief operating officer. These endorsements indicate a potential MAGA takeover of the organizing committee.

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In Georgia, Judge Scott McAfee will hold hearings into the motion to disqualify Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis and lead prosecutor Nathan Wade from the election interference case. The motion was brought forward after allegations of an improper relationship between the two prosecutors surfaced.

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Regarding Trump's civil fraud trial, the verdict is expected to be handed down by Judge Arthur Engoron on Friday. The former president could face significant financial penalties and potential restrictions on working in real estate in New York state. His co-defendants from the Trump Organization include his adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, as well as former senior executives.

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The US Supreme Court has directed the special counsel prosecuting Trump on criminal charges to respond to his bid to freeze a judicial decision rejecting his immunity claim. Trump's lawyers have requested a temporary block on the decision, which would further delay his criminal trial. They argue that a trial during the height of the election season would disrupt Trump's ability to campaign against Biden.

Trump's lawyers also warned of the potential consequences for future presidents if his prosecution is allowed to move forward, including partisan prosecutions, extortion, and blackmail.

In response to Trump's comments about abandoning NATO allies, Biden called them "dangerous" and "un-American." He urged the House of Representatives to pass more Ukraine aid, emphasizing that history is watching.

Trump's criticism extended to Mazi Pilip, the New York Republican congressional candidate who lost to Democrat Tom Suozzi. Trump questioned Pilip's understanding of modern-day politics and suggested that her failure to endorse him cost her the race.

Trump is now asking the US Supreme Court to block a ruling that struck down his "immunity" defense against prosecution for crimes allegedly committed while he was in office. His attorneys argue that without immunity, the presidency as we know it will cease to exist.

As the verdict in Trump's civil fraud trial approaches, the outcome will have significant implications for the former president and his associates. The trial and its potential consequences continue to be closely watched by the public and political observers alike.

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