In a jaw-dropping turn of events on Thursday, November 16, 2023, Chris Kise, the top lawyer representing former President Donald Trump in his civil fraud trial in New York, made a sarcastic remark to the judge, expressing his desire to be “fired” from the case.
The contentious trial, marked by clashes between Judge Arthur Engoron and the defense team, has taken a sensational twist with Kise’s surprising comment. The trial, which commenced on November 1, has been rife with tension, including frequent accusations of bias and prejudice against Trump by the defense team, as per a report by Raw Story on, November 16.
The judge has even fined Trump for violating a gag order twice, emphasizing the heightened tensions surrounding the proceedings. Kise’s sarcastic remark came in response to Judge Engoron’s inquiry about the delay in questioning defense witnesses.
The judge had previously expressed frustration with the defense’s cross-examination of the state’s expert witness, who testified that Trump inflated his assets to secure better loan and insurance terms. Amid interruptions and admonishments from the judge, Kise raised concerns about the judge’s law clerk influencing decisions, claiming he felt like he was “fighting two adversaries” in the trial.
Denying accusations of misogyny, Kise defended his stance, prompting the judge to continue overseeing the trial, expected to extend over several weeks. The judge, who will ultimately decide the case as neither side requested a jury, is at the center of this legal storm.
The state attorney general, Letitia James, seeks $250 million in penalties and a ban on Trump’s business activities in New York, alleging a decade-long scheme of fraud and misrepresentation involving iconic properties like Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago.
Despite Trump’s denial of wrongdoing and labeling the case a “political witch hunt,” the trial remains a captivating spectacle. His public attacks on the judge and the attorney general, both in person and on his social media platform, Truth Social, add fuel to the courtroom drama.
Adding to the high-stakes narrative are testimonies from Trump’s adult children—Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump—defending their father’s business practices. They vehemently criticize the state’s case as a “charade” and a “sham,” contributing to the unfolding drama in this legal saga.