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Trump’s ‘statute of limitations’ claim at civil trial explained

On Tuesday, the Manhattan judge who handed down the $250 million civil fraud case against Donald Trump clarified his comments about the statute of limitations that the former president hailed as a victory.

As he left Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday afternoon, President Trump cheerfully declared that Judge Arthur Engoron agreed that “80 percent” of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit had been thrown out by the statute of limitations. did.

“The last five minutes were outstanding,” the 77-year-old Trump told reporters as he left the court on the first day of the trial. Because of this,” he said. “So about 80 percent of the case is over.”

A day earlier, Mr. Engoron had suggested that testimony by Mr. Trump’s former accountant about the former president’s 2011 financial statements could be time-limited, meaning it could come before the deadline for claims to be filed.

The AG alleges in the lawsuit that from 2011 to 2021, Trump exaggerated his net worth and lied in statements about his financial position in order to obtain better loan and insurance terms.

Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron brushed off comments that he deemed a partial victory in the $250 million civil fraud case facing Donald Trump.
Stephen Hirsch

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Trump claimed after the first day of the trial on Monday that the judge’s comments meant he had won 80% of the case.
Stephen Hirsch

The appeals court ruled in June that the statute of limitations for the case would be set in 2014.

Allegations related to alleged conduct from before 2014 cannot be included in the lawsuit, but Engoron set the record straight Tuesday, saying evidence from earlier years can still be used to prove new allegations.

“If you came here looking for the excitement of yesterday, welcome back,” Engoron said as Trump looked on.

“As I said yesterday, the statute of limitations bars claims, not evidence.”

Bender, a partner at accounting firm Mazars USA, continued to testify on the second day of the trial Tuesday.

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