New York Attorney General Letitia James claimed that Donald Trump’s legal team was attempting to “sow chaos” as they attempt to pause the ongoing civil fraud trial.
On Friday, Trump’s legal team filed an emergency stay of his civil fraud trial until an appeal on Judge Arthur Engoron’s summary judgment that found Trump liable of fraud, can be heard.
The document filed Friday states in part, “Supreme Court’s decision will unquestionably inflict severe and irreparable harm not only to Appellants but to innocent nonparties and employees who depend on the affected entities for their livelihoods. Terminating non-party business licenses without jurisdiction, without process, without statutory authority, without trial, and without reason renders impossible the lawful operation of multiple businesses and threatens termination of hundreds of New York employees without any jurisdiction or due process. Supreme Court clearly does not comprehend the scope of the chaos its decision has wrought.”
James responded to the request in a court filing, saying that granting the request would lead to a “cascade of delays,” that would interrupt other litigation involving the former president, namely Trump’s New York hush money case, the Georgia election interference case, Special Counsel Jack Smith’s federal election interference case in Washington, D.C., and his classified documents case.
“A stay is a drastic remedy in all cases, but defendants cannot come close to demonstrating that the equities or the merits favor the truly extraordinary relief of upending an ongoing trial midstream,” James wrote in a letter to the court.
She argued that the request for stay would upset months of planning for witness testimony and special arrangements to provide the public access to the trial.
“And tellingly, they waited until after Mr. Trump decided to stop attending the trial,” the letter said. “Defendants have thus sought to interrupt trial midcourse in a highly disruptive manner, and this Court should deny an interim stay on that basis alone.”
She continued by accusing Trump’s team of attempting to “play one court against the other” by utilizing the other pending cases in the request for stay.
James also accused Trump’s team of attempting to “play one court against the other” by invoking the busy schedule of Trump’s other pending cases in the request for a stay.
The hearing regarding the request to pause the civil fraud trial has begun, with Judge Engoron saying he wasn’t “inclined,” to grant the motion but said that Trump’s legal team was welcome to spend their time trying to convince him. A decision on the stay could come today.
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