On the witness stand Monday, former President Donald Trump called Democratic New York Attorney General Letitia James a “political hack” and criticized the judge, labeling his civil fraud case a “political witch hunt” various sources said.
According to sources, Trump addressed questions concerning Mar-a-Lago and his Aberdeen, Scotland golf club without interruption from the court in the second half of his hearing.
After repeatedly encouraging Trump to focus on the questions, Judge Arthur Engoron requested a break, telling Trump’s lawyer this is “not a political rally” and to “control” his client, The Hill reported.
“It’s a disgrace that a case like this is going on; all you have to do is read the legal scholars — the papers — and you’ll know,” Trump said, the Hill reported. “This is a political witch hunt.”
“He called me a fraud and he didn’t know anything about me,” Trump said in reference to the judge, CNN reported.
“Read my opinion perhaps or for the first time,” Engoron responded, according to the outlet.
“I think it’s fraudulent, the decision,” Trump said, per CNN. “The fraud is on the court, not on me.”
Before the trial, Engoron found that Trump and his firm deceived banks and insurance companies by misrepresenting his net worth and asset values.
“Even yesterday, she said ‘fraud, fraud.’ According to The Hill, Trump called the attorney general the scam.
Trump has attacked James for bringing the case against him before.
He said said earlier this month that she “defrauded the public” with the trial. In September, he attacked James on Truth Social for bringing a case against him “instead of fighting murder and violent crime, which is killing New York State.”