Former President Donald Trump arrived outside a New York courthouse in fighting mode on Monday, telling reporters that the judge is overseeing a “sham” trial being prosecuted by a “racist” attorney general motivated by political animus.
The GOP leader arrived at New York County Courthouse Monday, emerging from a fleet of black SUVs and entering the building where he will appeal a judge’s ruling that he said massively undervalues his Mar-a-Lago property and others that prosecutors have accused him of artificially inflating.
Speaking before onlookers, President Trump had harsh words for Judge Arthur Engoron and New York Attorney General Letitia James who he accused of continuing a “witch hunt” that now encompasses five ongoing prosecutions across various state and federal courts.
“This is a continuation of the single greatest witch hunt of all time. We have a rogue judge who looked at properties that were worth a tiny fraction, one one-hundredth, a tiny fraction of what they actually are. We have a racist attorney general who’s a horror show who ran on the basis that she was going to get Trump before she even knew anything about me,” said the former president.
“This is what we have. It’s a scam, it’s a sham,” Trump added.
Alina Habba, the most prominent attack dog attorney for President Trump, said Judge Engoron is ignoring legal precedent by ruling that the Trump real estate empire broke laws when it allegedly overvalued its properties by hundreds of billions of dollars for advantageous business and tax purposes.
“At the end of the day, we have a judge who has told us that Mar-a-Lago is worth 18 million dollars. He’s failed to acknowledge what the Appellate Division has said, and we will continue to fight in hopes that there is some level of law and order in this country at this point. Although my faith in the system is wearing, I do have faith in Donald Trump,” Habba told reporters.
President Trump has so far appeared at four trials this year related to the 2020 elections, storage of classified documents, and bookkeeping fraud. He is drawing strength from his wife Melania who is fully behind his run for a second term in the White House as well as polls showing that the various indictments have only burnished his standing among GOP primary voters.