Just before Trump’s last court appearance in his civil fraud trial, New York Attorney General Letitia James warned the former president that “no one is above the law.”
Among those on trial for aiding and abetting Trump in his pursuit of advantageous loans are his adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., and several senior executives at The Trump Organization.
In September, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and other senior executives committed fraud in a partial summary judgment. The other six charges, which include conspiracy, insurance fraud, altering company documents, and determining the amount the Republican would pay in damages, will be decided during the trial.
Furthermore, she turned down his plea to postpone closing arguments because his mother-in-law, Amalija Knavs, had passed away. Trump Tower and his other assets would be taken from him if prosecutors were to win their case, including a hefty punishment and a restriction on doing business in New York.
The lawsuit includes two of Trump’s adult children as co-defendants: Donald Jr. and Eric. Ms. James’s complaint accuses Eric and Donald Jr. of several things, the most common of which are claimed false real estate appraisals. Legal action is being taken to prevent the two individuals from holding any position of authority in any New York company or similar body registered or licensed in the state.
The co-defendants’ liability and any damages or penalties will be decided solely by Judge Engoron since this trial is a bench trial. Trump has claimed that the trial is unfair since there was no jury, but Judge Engoron has said that Trump’s lawyers did not request a jury.
Among the many pending lawsuits against the current Republican presidential frontrunner is this civil action. He is also facing three criminal charges, one each for fraudulent accounting involving hush money and for attempting to alter the 2020 presidential election results. His alleged mishandling of sensitive data after leaving the White House is the subject of a fourth investigation involving forty criminal accusations.