New York Judge Rules Against Trump in Assets Lawsuit

A New York State judge has ruled that Trump and his family business allegedly overstated the value of their assets.

by Faruk Imamovic
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New York Judge Rules Against Trump in Assets Lawsuit
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A New York State judge has ruled that Trump and his family business allegedly overstated the value of their assets. The lawsuit, brought forth by Attorney General Letitia James, has attracted significant national attention and could have deep ramifications for Trump and his business empire.

Decision Spells Trouble for Trump's Business

Judge Arthur Engoron of the New York State Court in Manhattan determined that there was evidence to suggest that Trump, his adult sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and the Trump Organization, among other defendants, may have artificially inflated Donald Trump's net worth to serve their own business objectives.

This move, as described by Engoron, mirrors "fiction over reality." As a result of the ruling, Engoron has also directed the cessation of licenses that permitted several Trump-linked firms, inclusive of the Trump Organization, to conduct business in New York.

A significant directive from the decision is the order to appoint a bankruptcy administrator who will oversee the dissolution of the affected companies. Engoron did not spare the defense team either, reproaching the lawyers for forwarding what he labeled as untenable legal positions.

Despite the ruling, Trump and his associates have remained steadfast in their defense. They have contended that there was no fraud, emphasizing that the transactions in question were lucrative. Expressing vehement disagreement with Judge Engoron's verdict, they are gearing up to challenge the decision in higher courts.

Christopher Kise, who represents Trump, voiced his discontentment: "Today's outrageous decision is completely disconnected from the facts and governing law," he remarked. "President Trump and his family will seek all available appellate remedies to rectify this miscarriage of justice."

The Roots of the Legal Battle

The legal wrangling started when Prosecutor Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Trump in October of the previous year.

James accused Trump of misrepresenting the worth of his assets. This, she alleged, was done to obtain more advantageous terms for bank loans and to facilitate the operation of his business ventures. The scheduled trial on October 2, helmed by Attorney General James, will now determine the damages, if any.

If Trump is deemed guilty in the upcoming trial, his ability to engage in business dealings within the country could be critically hampered.

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