Former President Donald Trump recently expressed his satisfaction with a decision made by a New York appellate court which allows Trump to delay complying with an order to dissolve his businesses in New York State until further court review.
The Appellate Division, First Department upheld this pause, pending examination by a four-judge panel. However, the appellate court did not stop Trump’s civil fraud trial, as reported by The Messenger.
Trump showed gratitude for the court’s decisions, remarking to the press, “I think the country appreciates it.”
His attorney, Christopher Kise, also expressed appreciation, stating, “President Trump very much appreciates the court’s consideration and ruling today. The ruling helps pave the way for a much needed, and deliberative, review of the trial court’s many errors.” Trump echoed these sentiments, describing the ruling as “very powerful” and beneficial for the country.
The former president has criticized the non-jury trial against him and his businesses as a “weaponization of justice.” He has accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of “election interference,” as reported by Fox News.
Trump and his legal team celebrated the testimony of defense expert witness Eli Bartov, a New York University accounting professor who testified that, after reviewing Trump’s financial information, he found no evidence of accounting fraud. He attributed the overestimation of the value of the Trump Tower penthouse to an error.
Kevin Wallace from the attorney general’s office dismissed Bartov’s testimony as speculative. In response, Bartov rebuked Wallace, asserting his commitment to truth-telling. Trump praised Bartov as a “highly respected man” and emphasized Bartov’s conclusion of no fraud in his financial statements.
Trump also attacked the case against him, labeling it a political witch hunt influenced by the White House. He expressed frustration at being in court instead of campaigning, given his significant lead in polls. Additionally, Trump highlighted favorable testimony from a Deutsche Bank AG executive, who confirmed that no one was harmed by the actions alleged by Attorney General James to be criminal.
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