Last week, former President Donald Trump achieved a significant victory in his New York civil trial against Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron.
According to CNN, an appeals court judge prevented the dissolution of Trump’s corporations, though the civil trial continued to progress.
“We are very pleased the First Department upheld New York law and put a halt to any cancellation of business certificates, receivers or dissolution,” Trump attorney Christopher Kise said. “The trial court’s attempt to reach issues, entities, and assets beyond the scope of this case has been suspended.”
Engoron had ordered Trump to propose potential receivers by October 26, which would begin the process of dissolution.
During the hearing, Moulton speculated that such a broad interpretation of Engoron’s ruling could mean LLCs holding the private homes of Trump and the other defendants could be at risk of being sold.
“[Engoron] clearly does not comprehend the scope of the chaos its decision has wrought,” Trump’s lawyers argued in a court filing earlier in the session.
“We’re not seeking delay. We’re not seeking anything but a fair trial and these errors permeate the ongoing trial,” Kise told the court, referring to “an avalanche of errors” in the summary judgment ruling.
Eric Trump, the son of the former president, responded to the decision in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
“We thank the Appellate Division for staying the NY Attorney General’s and Judge Engoron’s overzealous attempt to cancel our New York business certificates. Judge Engoron’s order erroneously sought to adjudicate the rights of non-party business entities that employ nearly 1,000 hard-working New Yorkers, have never been accused of any wrongdoing and, were never given their day in court – in clear violation of their fundamental Constitutional rights and Due Process. We will continue to vigorously defend our company and our incredible employees from this politically-motivated persecution,” he said.
Judge Engoron has taken a strict stance with former President Donald Trump and his legal team, including issuing a gag order on Friday after Trump posted a critical comment about the judge’s chief law clerk, Allison Greenfield, on social media.
Furthermore, Engoron threatened to jail the former president for failing to take down a post on his campaign website that targeted court staff.
Alina Habba, an attorney representing Trump in his civil business fraud lawsuit, stated that he intends to remain involved in the proceedings as much as possible while they are held in New York City.
Trump is making efforts to balance his obligations at trial with commitments from his current political campaign.
“It’s very important to him,” Habba said on Newsmax. “His entire life was not the presidency. The Trump Organization was Donald Trump, so this is important to him, and I think it sends a good message to New Yorkers and the world that, at the end of the day, he’s a human being. He’s an American. He has a business. He’s trying to make money.”
Habba commented on Engoron’s order, expressing criticism towards New York’s Democrat Attorney General Letitia James. Habba alleged that James was “ignoring the streets of New York and [was] doing this, in [their] opinion, for political gain” as evidence suggested she had campaigned in 2018 with a goal to get Donald Trump. At the month’s end, Trump will provide testimony and his sons Eric and Donald Jr. may also be required to do so. Additionally, Habba remarked that Trump wants the business he started to thrive which it has done and is now “worth billions more than what’s on his statement of financial condition.”
“They have nothing to hide,” Habba commented. “There wasn’t an injured party. Everybody made money. The loans were paid back. Ultimately, we have a statute of limitations for a reason. This judge is allowing things that have expired, dating back to as long as 2011. What’s the strategy there?”
She added that she would not comment on the defense’s privileged conversations, “but if you look at the decision from June, the appellate division was pretty clear on the statute of limitations … it’s our position that that’s being disregarded at this point, so we just keep objecting.”