When Donald Trump ran for president in 2016, he defended his hometown with the kind of vigor one would expect from a smooth-talking New Yorker, telling Sen. Ted Cruz, the rival of that time, “You want to beat New York, you. Go through me.”
But these days, New York is back. Trump’s relationship with the Big Apple has taken a turn for the worse during his presidency, and recently a series of court actions have forced him back from his new Florida home.
The cases have been going on for years, civil and criminal, state and federal, and “it’s not a coincidence that they all come together at the same time,” according to the federal prosecutor. of the office of E. Danya Perry.
“He was very successful and managed to put a lot of time on the ice when he was president,” said Perry, a defense attorney who previously served as New York State’s attorney general.
The E. Jean Carroll defamation case and the upcoming defamation trial
In court on Pearl Street in lower Manhattan, a judge last week ordered Trump to sit Wednesday for his second bail.in three months. He will be questioned by a lawyer for author E. Jean Carroll, who sued Trump for defamation in 2019 after Trump accused Carroll of lying when he said he had sex with her. of the 1990s.
Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote that Trump’s deposition could be used in another civil case Carroll has promised to file, a sexual assault claim against Trump.
Carrots cannext month a new state law, the Elderly Injuries Act, will eliminate the statute of limitations on such claims in New York.
Trump has repeatedly denied Carroll’s accusations.
Trump and his company are being sued for fraud
A block east of the federal courthouse is the Center Street civil court, where lawyers for Trump and his company have fought for years to block appeals in in general. New York Attorney General. Trump’s other comments were recently ordered by Judge Arthur Engoron in the case.
more than 400 times during the August quiz. His deposition was one of the last to be gathered before the New York Attorney General released on September 21 a seeking to bring down Trump’s company. New York is seeking $250 million in damages and to stop Trump from doing business in the state. In addition to the Trump Organization, the attorney general’s suit includes Trump and his three children — Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump — as defendants.
The company and the Trumps have denied all allegations in the case and said through a lawyer in September that “there was absolutely no wrongdoing.” They previously accused New York Attorney General Letitia James in public and in court documents of pursuing the investigation based on political anger.
The indictment alleges that the Trumps and other company owners engaged in a years-long scheme to enrich themselves by boosting property values across the country.
That investigation was prompted by congressional testimony in 2019 by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who said at the time that “Trump inflated all of his assets when he accomplished his goals.. . . .
Cohen told CBS News that he believes “Trump has broken the law,” but the alleged fraud may not have been discovered if Trump had not run for office.
“He probably didn’t take it beyond the status quo and his lack of tradition,” said Cohen, who is a staunch supporter of the former president.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for October 31.
Manhattan’s worst fraud and tax litigation
Meanwhile, attorneys for the company will be busy a block north of Center Street in federal criminal court, where a trial on the Trump Organization’s fraud and evasion charges will begin Monday. in tax.
Among the witnesses expected to be called in that case is former Trump Organization chief Allen Weisselberg, in August.in the matter. The judge in that case, Juan Merchan, is also a former Trump adviser .
In a hearing on September 12, Merchan criticized the Trump Organization’s lawyers for making “eleventh-hour” changes to their defense team.
“One of the assumptions is that the defense is trying to block. You know, it’s starting to look like that,” Merchan said.
Merchan’s criticism was echoed by Judge Kaplan in the case of E. Jean Carroll, who wrote on October 12 that Trump “will not be allowed to run the clock on (Carroll’s) attempt ) to have a remedy for what is said to be a serious wrong.”
Trump has long used procrastination as a court strategy, according to Barbara Res, who headed the Trump administration in the 1980s.
“His MO is to try to do that with the contractors when he owes them, you know, maybe give them 50 cents on the dollar. If they don’t take it, he just drags them to court. they go bankrupt for a long time,” said Res.
Asked by USA Today in 2016 about complaints from contractors, Trump said he would pay the companies if the Trump Organization was not happy with their work.
“Let’s say there’s a job that’s not good, a job that they haven’t done, a job that’s overdue. I’m going to take it out of their contract, absolutely,” Trump said.
If that strategy worked in the past, it probably won’t, Perry said, adding that, “judges are losing patience, the most important thing is the trial, and some of these methods of relaxation and playfulness.”
“It’s become more of a ‘rocket docket’ and some of these issues you may not see,” Perry said.
The exclusive owner in the Mar-a-Lago document search
Five blocks south of the federal criminal courthouse is the Brooklyn Bridge, on the outskirts of town that runs from another federal courthouse. The building’s atrium is named for retired judge Raymond Deariein Trump’s lawsuit against the federal government.
That lawsuit was filed in August after the Justice Department served a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and seized White House files, some labeled “Top Secret .” Trump insisted he had the documents legally.
Dearie is reviewing thousands of pages of documents seized by the FBI, and has the power to identify who, if any, is under attorney-client privilege or jurisdiction.
Test of Trump confidant Thomas Barrack
On the eighth floor of that Brooklyn courthouse, another federal judge is presiding over the billionaire businessman’s criminal trial.a longtime Trump friend and adviser who chaired the 2016 Inauguration committee.
Barrack is accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in an attempt to sway US foreign policy in favor of the United Arab Emirates. He has entered a not guilty plea in the case.
During the trial so far, jurors have heard from the former Secretary of the Trump administrationwas called as a witness, and emails and text messages sent to Trump administration officials have been revealed.