Former President Donald Trump achieved a significant victory in his New York civil trial against Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron. Trump and his family are celebrating this development. A New York appeals court judge has intervened to prevent the dissolution of Trump’s corporations. However, the civil fraud trial is allowed to continue, as reported by CNN.
“We are very pleased the First Department upheld New York law and put a halt to any cancellation of business certificates, receivers or dissolution,” Trump attorney Christopher Kise said. “The trial court’s attempt to reach issues, entities and assets beyond the scope of this case has been suspended.”
Engoron had ordered Trump to propose potential receivers by October 26, which would begin the process of dissolution.
During the hearing, Moulton speculated that such a broad interpretation of Engoron’s ruling could mean LLCs holding the private homes of Trump and the other defendants could be at risk of being sold.
“[Engoron] clearly does not comprehend the scope of the chaos its decision has wrought,” Trump’s lawyers said in a court filing earlier in the day.
“We’re not seeking delay. We’re not seeking anything but a fair trial and these errors permeate the ongoing trial,” Kise said in court, referring to “an avalanche of errors” in the summary judgment ruling.
Trump’s legal team believes the appellate court could eventually reverse at least part of Engoron’s bombshell order and gut New York Attorney General Letitia James’ case by dismissing a majority of the lawsuit’s claims that they believe are time barred by an earlier appellate ruling handed down in June.
Eric Trump, the son of the former president, responded to the decision in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
“We thank the Appellate Division for staying the NY Attorney General’s and Judge Engoron’s overzealous attempt to cancel our New York business certificates. Judge Engoron’s order erroneously sought to adjudicate the rights of non-party business entities that employ nearly 1,000 hard-working New Yorkers, have never been accused of any wrongdoing and, were never given their day in court – in clear violation of their fundamental Constitutional rights and Due Process. We will continue to vigorously defend our company and our incredible employees from this politically-motivated persecution,” he said.
During a court session on Thursday, Justice Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil fraud trial against former President Donald Trump and his family, displayed unusual behavior.
Engoron became visibly frustrated during a cross-examination of a witness conducted by Trump’s legal team. He slammed his hand down on the table and exclaimed, “This is ridiculous!” when the president’s attorneys accused the witness, Mazars USA partner David Bender, of evading questions, as reported by the New York Post.
“Don’t waste time,” he added as Trump’s attorneys tried arguing that they had to go through their client’s records “year by year” with the witness.
After dedicating time to analyzing David Bender’s testimony, Donald Trump’s legal team had spent part of Tuesday afternoon and all of Wednesday morning doing so. When they informed the court that Bender would continue testifying for the rest of the day, Justice Arthur Engoron became visibly frustrated, as reported by The New York Post.
“This is ridiculous!” he said, adding: “Mr. Bender isn’t on trial here.”
“We need to be allowed to parse the evidence,” Trump attorney Christopher Kise argued in response, according to The Post. “We didn’t bring this case.”
“We haven’t got one answer from him,” another Trump attorney, Alina Habba, added. “He has no memory as we sit here.”
At one point, Kise agreed “to streamline” the questioning, which led Engoron to respond, “Let’s not waste time.”
Engoron suggested that Trump’s legal team seemed to be using courtroom theatrics aimed at influencing a jury or the media, but he pointed out that such tactics were not suitable for a bench trial where the judge alone would render the final decision.
“There is no jury here,” he told the Trump team at least once, according to the report. He then asked: “Who are you talking to — me, the press or the audience?”