Donald Trump came face-to-face in a Manhattan court Monday with the attorney general who is suing him for massive business fraud and the judge who last week revoked his business licenses, as the former president attended the first day of a $250 million civil trial.
A scowl on his face as he entered the courtroom, Trump showed up to see opening statements in the trial. New York Attorney General Tish James alleges that Trump, his adult sons, his companies and some of his business associates, fraudulently inflated Trump’s net worth in order to obtain favorable terms from banks and insurance companies.
During a midday lunch break, Trump derided Justice Arthur Engoron, the state court judge overseeing the case. Engoron will decide the outcome of the trial, since it is a bench trial, meaning there is no jury. [Continue reading…]