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The New York City DA and anti-Trump banshee, who made her entire campaign about “destroying Trump,” is now trying to take away his real estate empire with a half-baked “fraud” trial. Ironically, Letitia James’ so-called “fraud case” is the only fraud being perpetuated. Unfortunately, that’s become par for the course in a judicial system now more focused on activism than actual justice.

James brought the $250 million lawsuit last September, alleging that Trump and his co-defendants committed fraud by inflating assets on financial statements to get better terms on commercial real estate loans and insurance policies. This case centers greatly around what Trump claims is heavily undervaluing his assets, like Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. He and his lawyers also maintain that disclaimers on his financial statements made clear that they were estimates and that banks would have to perform their own analysis.

Nonetheless, the left has once again turned the judicial system into a weapon to target President Trump.


But Trump left for the day claiming he’d scored a victory, pointing to comments that he viewed as Judge Arthur Engoron coming around to the defense view that most of the suit’s allegations are too old.

The judge suggested that testimony about Trump’s 2011 financial statement was beyond the legal time limit. Wallace promised to link it to a more recent loan agreement, but Trump took the judge’s remarks as an “outstanding” development for him.

Engoron ruled last week that Trump committed fraud in his business dealings. If upheld on appeal, the ruling could force Trump to give up New York properties including Trump Tower, a Wall Street office building, golf courses and a suburban estate. Trump has called it a “a corporate death penalty” and insisted the judge, a Democrat, is unfair and out to get him.

The non-jury trial concerns six remaining claims in the lawsuit, including allegations of conspiracy, insurance fraud and falsifying business records. Engoron said that neither side sought a jury and that state law doesn’t allow for juries when suits seek not only money but a court order setting out something a defendant must do or not do.

James is seeking $250 million in penalties and a ban on Trump doing business in New York.

As if that weren’t bad enough, the Democrat judge overseeing this sham case appears to be one of the most partisan activists we’ve seen yet. Arthur Engoron openly stated that he can overrule juries that “get it wrong,” based on his own emotional take on the case. Gee, it sounds like he’s already mapped out his approach to this particular trial, doesn’t it?

It’s a given that comments like those from Mr. Engoron should be grounds for his removal from the bench. A judge who believes his emotions and feelings can override a jury’s decision based on facts and evidence has no business presiding over any case in any courtroom—end of story. But, naturally, in these Soros-backed, Democrat-controlled, unjust hellholes, this is exactly what they’re after: activist judges who will use every trick in the book to crush political dissenters.