Former President Donald Trump has launched a fiery attack against New York Attorney General Letitia James, accusing her of corruption just days before the verdict in his civil fraud trial.
In a post on his Truth Social platform, Trump alleged James had inside knowledge of how Justice Arthur Engoron would rule in the high-profile case. Engoron is overseeing the trial and is expected to deliver his decision shortly on whether Trump and his businesses artificially inflated and deflated property values for unlawful financial gains.
“I DID NOTHING WRONG!!! NO JURY ALLOWED, Great Financial Statements, No Victims, No Fraud, No Crimes, Happy Banks and Insurance Companies, only success and profits,” Trump declared, repeating his steadfast denials of any wrongdoing.
He then set his sights on James, claiming she had sat “comfortably and confidently in Court with her shoes off, arms folded, a Starbucks Coffee, and a BIG smile on her face… JUST LIKE SHE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT THE DECISION WILL BE!”
Trump slammed the closing arguments by James’ team as “pathetic” and said no evidence had been presented against him. He alleged the judge was already biased, referencing a previous ruling against him.
“The public is angry over this HOAX. This trial is RIGGED!” Trump vented.
The fiery social media rant is the latest episode in Trump’s long-running feud with James. The AG’s office has been conducting a three-year probe into whether the Trump Organization deliberately misled lenders and tax authorities about the value of assets like golf courses and skyscrapers.
A verdict that goes against Trump could see fines levied against him and his family members that stretch into hundreds of millions of dollars. He could also face restrictions on future business activities in New York.
For her part, James has accused Trump of stonewalling investigators and trying to delay the case instead of cooperating.
The final round of arguments wrapped up last week in what could be a defining legal battle for Trump as he mulls another bid for the presidency in 2024. The question now is whether Engoron believes there is clear and convincing evidence that Trump and his businesses actively gamed property valuations for unfair advantages.
All eyes will be on what Engoron decides – and how Trump responds next.