“He’s prosecuting me to hurt me ahead of the election,” the former US president said outside a New York court.
Donald Trump has arrived in New York court where he will be tried for civil fraud in the amount of 250 million dollars.
Police have set up barricades as protesters have gathered outside the courthouse calling for Trump to be jailed.
Upon his arrival, Trump accused the Attorney General in front of the cameras as a “racist attorney general” while claiming the criminal case was an attack on his 2024 campaign. “It’s an attempt to hurt me in the election,” Trump said. “It’s never happened before.”
“It’s a scam. It’s a scam. Just so you know, my finances are amazing”the former US president claimed.
Trump’s lawyers will defend him before Judge Arter Engoron, whom Trump called a “rogue judge” on Monday.
A day before the trial, Trump said “I’m going to court tomorrow morning to fight for my name and reputation against a corrupt and racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who campaigned to “get Mr. Trump,” he wrote.
In his posts he claimed that Judge Engoron is underestimating the famous Mar-a-Lago estate.
“He values Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, at $18 million, when it is worth 50 to 100 times that amount. His ratings are FRAUD aimed at interfering with elections, and worse. THIS WHOLE CASE IS A SHOW!!! See you in court — Monday morning,” Trump added.
The 77-year-old former US president announced yesterday, Sunday night, that he plans to appear today for opening arguments before the New York State Supreme Court.
The $250 million fraud case began when New York AG James accused Trump, his sons and the Trump Organization for inflating the value of his real estate empire by as much as $2.2 billion.
Judge Arthur Engoron said last week that Trump has “repeatedly” violated fraud laws to obtain preferential loans from banks for his company and minimize its tax liabilities.
The judge revoked certifications for some of Trump’s businesses, meaning he may lose control of some of his most famous buildings.
BRAKING: This is an attempt to hurt me before an election”.
Speaking in court ahead of his appearance, Donald Trump says the lawsuit is “a continuation of the single greatest witch hunt of all time”.
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The trial, which is expected to last three months while Trump he will be forced to listen to prosecutors challenge essentially the entire image he has projected of himself, that of self-made billionaire turned leader of the Free World.
The accusations involve inflating the value of his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, up to 10 times its $18 million valuation.
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