Former US President Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in court again on Monday. A New York appeals court on Thursday rejected Trump’s request to delay the trial. There’s a slew of cases going against Trump right now — this time related to real estate transactions. According to the lawsuit, he allegedly inflated the value of his assets by $2.2 billion to get cheap bank loans.
More recently, Trump has tried to delay the investigation — he argued that the charges in the indictment are time-barred. However, the presiding judge, Arthur Engoren, rejected this.
Properties include Trump Tower in New York and his Mar-a-Lago estate. Trump has denied the allegations, calling lawyer Letitia James’ allegations a “racist witch hunt” against him. According to the defense, the prosecution did not argue that the properties were of high value because they belonged to him and his business empire. Also, there was no financial loss to the banks.
Unlike other cases against him, the indictment implicates Trump as a businessman. His image as a successful businessman contributed to his rise in politics, which led him to the White House. This public image could be greatly damaged by the investigation: Attorney James wants to recover $250 million in ill-gotten gains, and he could lose control of several properties in New York.
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