President Trump abruptly left the Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday afternoon after Michael Cohen testified in court that he was not instructed by the President or Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg to inflate his assets.
The trial is being held as a result of New York Attorney General Letitia James’s investigation into allegations of fraud against Trump and his organization, including claims of asset inflation and defrauding lenders and insurance companies.
On Tuesday, Cohen admitted in court that Trump had inflated his assets. He continued his testimony on Wednesday where he confirmed that the President had not given any instructions regarding asset inflation.
“So Mr. Trump never asked you to inflate the numbers on his financial statement,” Trump attorney Cliff Robert asked Michael Cohen, according to CNN.
“Correct,” Michael Cohen said.
Trump’s lawyer Cliff Robert immediately asked the judge to dismiss the trial because Cohen, the key witness, just told the court that Trump never instructed him to inflate his assets.
Judge Engoron denied the motion to dismiss and it was at this point that Trump got up and abruptly walked out of the courtroom.
“The witness just admitted that we won the trial and the judge should end this trial immediately,” Trump said after he stormed out of the courtroom.
Trump defiantly storms out of courtroom after judge denies motion to dismiss in New York civil fraud trial.
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Michael Cohen trashed Trump after court was adjourned for the day.
According to CNN, Cohen ‘clarified’ his response to questions from Letitia James’ office that Trump didn’t direct him to inflate his assets, but it was implied.
“He speaks like a mob boss,” Michael Cohen insisted.
“They wanted to make a motion to dismiss the case, to which the judge responded: ‘Yeah, absolutely not,’” Cohen said. “You know why? Because he will ultimately be held accountable.”
“And as I said the other day, that’s what this is all about. It’s accountability.”