Trump Vows To Take NY AG Case To Supreme Court

By Victor Winston, updated on March 23, 2024

In a striking turn of events, former President Donald Trump has decided to challenge a $454 million civil fraud judgment against him by launching an appeal, a decision that underscores his readiness to escalate the battle to the highest court in the land if required. Specifically, a Supreme Court intervention.

According to Fox News, Former President Trump, undeterred by a significant legal setback, plans to contest the ruling rendered by New York Attorney General Letitia James up to the U.S. Supreme Court. He and his legal team are not just appealing against the hefty $454 million civil fraud judgment but have also sought a stay on the ruling's enforcement. This maneuver necessitates Trump to secure a bond amounting to $454 million by the impending Monday deadline.

Trump Media & Technology Group, the parent entity of Truth Social, has recently entered the public trading arena, attaining a valuation close to $8 billion. Donald Trump, leveraging his financial statements, claims to possess nearly $500 million in liquid assets and additional properties yielding considerable revenues with minimal to no debt obligations.

Trump Criticizes Decision

However, his criticism doesn't stop at the judge overseeing his case; Trump has also lashed out at New York Attorney General Letitia James, labeling her actions and motivations as politically charged against him. A civil fraud trial is at the heart of this bitter dispute, spurred by James’ extensive investigation into Trump's business dealings. During her campaign for the attorney general office, James did not shy away from expressing her intent to be a formidable legal challenger to Trump.

Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), with its newly acquired publicly traded status, is listed under the "DJT" symbol on the Nasdaq. Trump himself holds an impressive stake in TMTG, roughly estimated between $3 billion and $4 billion, thanks to his 78.7 million shares. Though a six-month lock-up period restricts the immediate liquidation of these shares, there remains the possibility of the board waiving this requirement. Securing a financial bond that matches the judgment's staggering amount has been labeled a "practical impossibility" by Trump's legal team, a sentiment echoed by arguments pointing towards the constitutional concerns regarding the attorney general's efforts to enforce such a mandate.

The Struggle to Secure a Bond and Trump's Criticism

New York Attorney General Letitia James views the request for a stay as extraordinary and improper, suggesting that Trump could leverage his real estate holdings as collateral. Trump's attorney, Clifford S. Robert, counters this by asserting the unconstitutionality of James' actions.

The timeline surrounding these events is tightly packed, beginning with Attorney General Letitia James’ court appearance on November 3, leading up to Justice Arthur Engoron presiding over the non-jury civil fraud trial of the Trump Organization in New York City on November 13, 2023. A key moment came on March 16, 2024, when Trump held a campaign rally in Vandalia, Ohio, underscoring his ongoing battle against the legal and political forces aligned against him.

Trump's indignation towards the judicial process and those driving the legal challenges against him is palpable. He remarks, "That doesn’t mean I’m going to give money to a rogue and incompetent judge — the puppet of a corrupt attorney general who’s failing with violent crime and migrant crime and whose only purpose in life is attempting to get Trump. Hopefully, they will set the record straight — he has already been overturned four times on this case."

He accuses Judge Arthur Engoron of overtly disrespecting appellate decisions in his favor and paints a grave picture of the business environment in New York, warning of a mass exodus due to the unfavorable judicial climate.

Conclusion

Donald Trump's appeal against the $454 million civil fraud judgment embroils him further in a legal quagmire that not only tests the limits of his financial empire but also sets a contentious stage for his political aspirations.

With Trump Media & Technology Group's public trading debut and the legal contention over posting a requisite bond by the immediate deadline, the former president finds himself at a critical juncture.

His criticisms of New York's judicial system and Attorney General Letitia James underline a bitter fight not just over financial penalties but over the very essence of political and legal warfare in America. As Trump vows to take his legal battle to the Supreme Court if necessary, the saga continues to unfold, encapsulating a wider narrative of political rivalry, legal scrutiny, and the undeniable resilience of a public figure determined to contend against all odds.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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