Trial kicks off in New York: Trump calls trial “biggest witch hunt ever”

Former US President Donald Trump must stand trial in New York on fraud charges. At the beginning of the trial, he railed against the judge in particular.

Trump said aloud to reporters at the beginning of the trial after the opening statements: “A shameful trial.” He said it was clear to him that Chief Judge Arthur Engoron should be removed from the bar. “This is a judge who should be removed from office,” Trump raged further. He had already accused Engoron of abusing the case to interfere in the upcoming 2024 U.S. presidential election. His behavior Trump called “unfair, unhinged and malicious.” The Republican front-runner for the upcoming presidential election called the process a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time” and spoke of New York Attorney General Letitia James having a personal vendetta against him. Trump called James a “corrupt person, a terrible person.”

Trump may be held liable for fraud

Presiding Judge Engoron has already ruled that Trump, two of his sons and ten others involved could be held liable for fraud. At the start of the trial, prosecutors accused Trump of taking more than $1 billion through fraud. The judge formally found in September that the former U.S. president artificially inflated his assets to get better deals from lenders and insurers.

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, Donald Trump (40483319012), CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

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