Judge Arthur Engoron of State Supreme Court in Manhattan set the trial date during a contentious hearing on Tuesday, following petitions from the Trump family the night before to dismiss the civil suit.
I’ve talked about all of these issues. It seems to me that the facts are the same. The law is the same. “It’s the same,” Engoron told Alina Habiba, Trump’s attorney. “You can’t go on with the same argument when you’ve already lost.”
Heba accused the judge of bias. Republican Trump accused James, a Democrat, of suing him because she hates him and his politics.
In the suit, which he filed Sept. 21, James accused Trump, his company and his sons Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and others of inflating Trump’s estate by billions of dollars in a decade of lies to banks and insurance companies. James described the fraud as “impressive”.
The lawsuit seeks damages of $250 million. It also seeks to ban Trump from doing business in the state and prevent the former president and his company from acquiring real estate in New York for five years.
Engoron is expected to issue a decision on the denials in early January. Trump is already appealing Engoron, which requires an independent oversight body to oversee his company.
The trial, scheduled for Oct. 2, 2023, and other legal issues could complicate Trump’s campaign, which was announced last week, for president in 2024.
The Trump Organization is on trial in another Manhattan courtroom on tax fraud charges.
Attorneys for the Trump children called the lawsuit “a textbook example of throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks.” Lawyers for Ivanka Trump said there were no allegations that she lied or defrauded anyone.
Longtime Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg and his watcher Jeffrey McConnee have also sought to have the lawsuits against them dismissed. Both testified as prosecution witnesses in the Manhattan criminal trial in which prosecutors accused the company of tax fraud for 15 years.
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