LEGAL/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP FAMILY: “In a day of drama that included table banging, demands to ‘control’ the former president, and a declaration from the state attorney general that ‘I will not be bullied, I will not be harassed,’ the two sides sparred in a civil fraud trial with $250 million in damages and the future of Trump’s New York state business on the line.
The judge, Arthur Engoron, has already ruled that Trump, his sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr., a pair of Trump executives and the umbrella Trump Organization committed years of fraud by overvaluing real estate for better terms on loans and insurance.
Trump entered the courtroom aiming to save his iconic company — and score political points. The 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner has described the trial as a ‘witch hunt’ by New York Attorney General Letitia James and Judge Engoron, who are both elected Democrats.
‘He called me a fraud, and he didn’t know anything about me!’ the celebrity former president complained of Engoron from the stand on Monday.”
-Aysha Bagchi, David Jackson and Bart Jansen, “Donald Trump testifies in fraud trial, erupting at judge, prosecutor. What you missed.,” usatoday.com, November 6, 2023