Former President Donald Trump and his legal team addressed the media on Monday outside a courthouse in New York City. This press briefing followed the conclusion of the opening day of a non-jury trial in a civil fraud case initiated by Letitia James.
It is worth noting that during the proceedings, Trump and one of his attorneys emphasized that the judge had acknowledged that the statute of limitations applies to transactions completed before 2014, constituting 80% of the case.
Last Tuesday, New York Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and the Trump Organization were liable for fraud. Additionally, the judge determined the value of Mar-a-Lago to be $18 million.
Donald Trump took the opportunity to criticize the judge, characterizing him as radical, and held up a recent report from Palm Beach County. He questioned the rationale behind pursuing a case when the appellate division of New York state had recently ruled that they had won 80% of their case, including the statute of limitations.
Trump asserted that the judge, whom he referred to as a Trump hater, was refusing to acknowledge this clear ruling. He also disputed the valuation of Mar-a-Lago at $18 million, contending that it is worth considerably more, possibly in the range of $1 billion to $1.5 billion.
Following the conclusion of the court session on Monday afternoon, Trump and his legal team spoke with the media. President Trump indicated that Judge Engoron had acknowledged the applicability of the statute of limitations.
One of Trump’s attorneys further commented on the judge’s statements, suggesting that it appeared the judge agreed that all transactions completed before 2014 were no longer relevant to the case.
Trump chimed in: “Which are about 80% of the case.”
🚨 BREAKING: Donald Trump says that the Judge has conceded that the statute of limitations are in effect on transactions that have closed prior to 2014, which he says makes up 80%, are now out of the case. pic.twitter.com/8xInaMGr6w
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 2, 2023