Donald Trump rages at “out-of-control” Judge Engoron

Donald Trump has criticized Judge Arthur F. Engoron in a series of recent posts on his social-media platform Truth Social, calling the judge overseeing the New York attorney general’s fraud case against him “out of control.”

It is a critical week for the former president and Republican frontrunner for 2024. Engoron is expected to issue a final ruling this week that could force Trump to pay hundreds of millions of dollars and push him out of his own business. Another New York judge, Juan M. Merchan, may schedule on Thursday a court date for Trump’s hush-money case, the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president, as early as next month. The Republican has denied any wrongdoing in either case.

In a post published on Monday, the former president raged against Letitia James, the New York attorney general who has accused him and members of his family of inflating the value of his properties by as much as $2.2 billion, calling her “corrupt.” Newsweek contacted Trump’s campaign team and James’ office by email on Tuesday.

Judge Arthur Engoron presides over closing arguments in the Trump Organization civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on January 11, 2024 in New York City; former U.S. President Donald Trump attends the…

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The former president posted that James “knew nothing about my tremendously successful business, but still campaigned on, ‘I will get Trump’,” once again saying that the legal cases against him are part of a political witch hunt to weaken his stance ahead of the 2024 election.

Trump then lashed out against Engoron, calling him “the politically biased judge on this rigged case” who “refused to acknowledge that the Appellate Division has already ruled in my favor on Statute of Limitations, and effectively ended this litigation.”

Trump has repeatedly said that the appeals court’s ruling that dismissed his daughter Ivanka Trump from the case in June 2023 represented a victory for himself and co-defendants in the case. The court also limited the financial transactions that James’s lawsuit could scrutinize, including those completed before July 13, 2014 for some defendants, or before 2016 for others.

However, the ruling, issued before the trial even began, did not dismiss the case entirely. The appeals court has ruled several other times in the case, largely against Trump—including by reimposing a gag order on the former president.

On Truth Social, Trump added that Engoron was “out of control, a political operative who valued Mar-a-Lago at $18 Million dollars, when it is worth 50 to 100 times that amount.”

In a follow-up post, he wrote that he was refused by Engoron a jury or a fair trial, accusing the judge of being “a pawn for the crooked attorney general, Letitia James, who used this case to try to run for governor, but failed.”

Since James brought the fraud lawsuit against him, Trump has been attacking both the New York attorney general and Engoron, accusing the two Democrats of being politically motivated to go after him and bent on persecuting him. Responding to a letter filed by Trump’s lawyers last week who questioned Engoron’s impartiality, the judge responded that “that whole approach is getting old.”

In one of the posts published on Truth Social on Monday, Trump said he demanded “that the VICTORY already given to us by the Appellate Division, that even the Judge admits took my daughter Ivanka out of the litigation, much to his fury and chagrin, be given its full force and effect, and this Case be finally and completely put to an end.”

The former president is facing 91 felony counts in four different criminal trials and maintains his innocence in all of them. Last month, he was ordered to pay $83.3 million for defaming writer Jean E. Carroll, whom he was found liable for sexually assaulting in a New York department store in the mid-1990s.