Trump’s Attempt to Dismiss New York Civil Fraud Suit Fails, Experts’ Testimonies Rejected

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Donald Trump’s fight against the New York State Attorney General’s fraud case faced a crucial moment when Judge Arthur Engoron firmly denied Trump’s request to throw out the case.

Engoron’s strongly worded rejection suggests that Trump might encounter significant challenges in the continuation of the trial. This indicates a possible difficult path for Trump as the legal proceedings move forward.

In a blistering order, Engoron dismantled key arguments presented by Trump’s defense, particularly targeting the credibility of Trump’s accounting experts, Eli Bartov and Jason Flemmons. 

The judge dismissed their testimony as potentially flawed, highlighting numerous material misstatements on Trump’s financial records.

Engoron heavily criticized Bartov’s testimony, emphasizing that although Bartov held credible qualifications, his persistent efforts to rationalize inaccuracies severely diminished his reliability and trustworthiness as an expert witness.

Challenges to Trump’s Financial Defense

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Donald Trump’s fight against the New York State Attorney General’s fraud case faced a crucial moment when Judge Arthur Engoron firmly denied Trump’s request to throw out the case.

Moreover, Engoron debunked defense claims that valuations are subjective and emphasized that despite differing criteria, falsehoods remain falsehoods.

Trump’s attorney, Chris Kise, criticized Engoron’s order, accusing the judge of ignoring legal elements and factual evidence. Kise alleged a biased predisposition in the judge’s decision-making process.

Engoron also discredited Trump’s defense regarding disclaimers on financial statements, stating they don’t shield defendants from liability but rather expose them to it.

The judge has previously ruled against Trump and his business entities for persistent fraud, with orders to dissolve Trump’s business certificates. Despite Trump’s appeal, Engoron continues to preside over determining the liabilities and potential penalties faced by Trump and his adult sons.

As the trial nears its conclusion, both sides are due to file briefs by January 5 summarizing their stances. Oral arguments are scheduled for January 11, after which Engoron is expected to rule on the disgorgement amount Trump must pay, considering his earlier judgment of fraudulent financial statements.

Engoron’s impending decision holds immense weight, potentially affecting Trump’s financial liabilities, business operations, and his future in New York. 

The Attorney General’s pursuit of over $250 million in damages and the prohibition of Trump and his sons from conducting business in the state hangs in the balance pending the judge’s final rulings.

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