Ex-U.S. Attorney General Says Trump Will Win His Appeal Against Judge Engoron’s Ruling, Gives Reason

by Jessica

Criticizing the recent ruling by New York Judge Arthur Engoron against former President Donald Trump, former acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker expressed his discontent in an exclusive interview with Newsmax on Saturday.

According to a report published by Newsmax on Saturday, February 17, 2024, Whitaker characterized the decision as “expected” and unjust, particularly in its implications for Trump.

The ruling, issued on Friday, saw Judge Engoron imposing a staggering penalty of $364 million on Trump.

The judge concluded that Trump engaged in a yearslong scheme to deceive banks and other entities by inflating financial statements to purportedly enhance the former president’s wealth.

During the interview on “America Right Now,” Whitaker didn’t hold back, stating, “My first reaction was expected … and we saw this coming. I think we knew that Judge Engoron was not a fair judge and that he was going to try to hammer the Trump Organization and Donald Trump.”

Whitaker went on to critique the ruling, saying, “I read the ruling. I think it’s very weak on the facts and especially weak on the law. You know you can’t have a fraud by legal definition without having a victim.”

Despite the setback, Whitaker expressed confidence in Trump’s appeal, asserting, “I think he is ultimately going to win this case because he was denied fundamental due process and fundamental fairness, and this case will be reversed. I have no doubt.”

Addressing the broader implications of the ruling, Whitaker emphasized the importance of the rule of law.

He warned New York corporations, stating, “This is about the rule of law … If you’re a New York corporation, you should expect [New York Attorney General] Letitia James to come after you.”

Whitaker suggested potential economic repercussions for New York, predicting an exodus of businesses from the state.

He remarked, “I think you’re going to see a lot of businesses leaving New York … New York’s gonna decline … You know, it used to be the Empire State. I don’t think that’s any indication anymore.”

The former acting U.S. Attorney General raised concerns about political bias, noting, “This is where, you know, the venue and the jurisdiction and ultimately the political beliefs of the jurisdiction are what get you. And you are going to see this happen, I think, not only in New York against Donald Trump and quite possibly Washington, D.C., where he’s also going to have the cards stacked against him.”

Despite the challenges, Whitaker remained optimistic that justice would eventually prevail.

He concluded, “But, you know,” he said, “this is where you’ve got to believe that ultimately a judge of fairness will get to this case, or judges on appeal, and they’ll determine that this was just a ridiculous outcome when there were no victims and actually no fraud was committed.”

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