December 8, 2023

Donald Trump: Civil fraud trial begins

New York

The fraud trial begins – and here Trump arrives in court

The civil trial against former US President Donald Trump on fraud charges began Monday in New York. As announced, the 77-year-old appeared in court in person.


Former US President Donald Trump is on trial on fraud charges. He appeared in person before the court at the beginning of the trial.


  • Former US President Donald Trump has been charged in a civil suit.

  • New York Attorney General Letitia James accuses him of manipulating assets to obtain advantages.

  • If convicted, he could be fined $250 million.

Former US President Donald Trump at the beginning Civil lawsuit against him He arrived in court in New York on fraud charges. Live footage showed the 77-year-old Republican driving in a motorcade from Trump Tower in Manhattan to the courthouse on Monday. Trump announced on Sunday evening that he would attend the start of the trial “to fight for my name and for my reputation.”

New York State Attorney General Letitia James expressed confidence Monday in her success in court against the presidential candidate. “Justice will prevail,” she said outside the courtroom. “My message is simple: No matter how powerful someone is, no matter how much money they think they have, no one is above the law.”

This is what civil litigation is all about

James accuses Trump of inflating the assets of his real estate empire over the years in order to obtain better terms for loans and insurance. Last week, the prosecutor scored an important legal victory: the judge in charge, Arthur Engoron, ruled before the trial began that Trump overstated his assets and thus committed “fraud.”

The civil trial that has now begun is therefore particularly concerned with the question of how severe the punishment against Trump will be. James is demanding a fine of $250 million (about 229 million Swiss francs). Against Trump and his family holdings. It also wants to disallow the former president and his two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, from running businesses in the state.

James filed a lawsuit against Trump and his family in September 2022. The former president, who wants to reclaim the White House in 2024, rejects the accusations as politically motivated.

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