Silence order against Trump: Judge bans further slander.
New York judges react: A limited silence order is issued after Trump’s derogatory post about a court employee. The civil fraud process is increasing in intensity.
The civil economic fraud trial against Donald Trump is gaining momentum. A New York judge orders, according to “AP“, a limited silence order after the former US President is said to have sent a denigrating post about a court employee. Trump posted a photo of senior law clerk Allison Greenfield with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and criticized her interaction with the judge as “disgraceful.” As AP reported, this post must have been subsequently deleted, with the ex-president repeatedly declaring the process a political attack by New York’s Democratic Attorney General Letitia James.
The allegations against Trump are serious: It was alleged that he and his company regularly lied about his assets in financial reports submitted to banks, insurance companies and others. James’ lawyer interviewed an accountant on Tuesday to support the state’s argument that Trump and his associates had full control over the creation of misleading and false financial reports, according to the AP.
Accountant Bender: Not all documents provided by Trump
Regarding the further course of the trial, AP reports that despite some contradictions and actions from Trump, the trial continued and important statements were made. Donald Bender, the accountant, spoke openly about how in some years not all required documents were provided by the Trump Organization, despite confirmations that all financial records had been provided and relevant data had not been “knowingly withheld.” Bender admitted he missed some appraisals and a change in information about the size of the former president’s penthouse in Trump Tower.
Judge Exposes Trump’s Fraud Through Inflated Property Valuations
Prosecutor James has already won a first victory as a judge, according to the AP Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump committed fraud by inflating valuations of his properties. James is demanding $250 million and a ban on Trump from doing business in New York, while some of Trump’s companies may be dissolved as punishment. The court’s decisions made throughout the trial are a key element in shedding light on the various facets of this complex case.
The presentation of the case exemplifies how even high-ranking political figures have to answer to legal authorities, a process that promotes transparency and accountability in a democracy. Various aspects and incidents are examined in court in order to comprehensively uncover and evaluate any crimes and misdemeanors. This reflects a control function of the judiciary, which is essential for maintaining constitutional principles.