Donald Trump has complained it is “very unfair” that there is no jury in his fraud trial despite his own lawyers failing to request one.
Mr Trump made his complaint to the media as he left court on Monday. However, Arthur Engoron, the judge, had noted in court earlier in the day that “nobody asked for” a jury trial.
Letitia James, the New York attorney general, is seeking a $250 million fine and a ban on Mr Trump operating as a businessman in the city – putting his beloved Trump Tower at risk of sale or closure.
Ms James claims Mr Trump and his allies falsely exaggerated the value of several of his flagship properties, including a Trump Tower penthouse and the Mar-a-Lago resort, in an attempt to secure favourable loans and insurance deals.
It is unclear that a jury trial would have been available since the case was brought under a statute requiring the matter to be adjudicated as a bench trial.
Mr Engoron said that neither side sought a jury and that state law does not allow for juries when suits seek not only money but a court order setting out something a defendant must do or not do.
Prosecutors claimed Mr Trump reaped over $100 million through fraudulently inflating his assets.
Mr Trump’s lawyer has denied the fraud claims against his client, whom he said “made a fortune literally being right about real estate investments”.
Mr Trump also claimed that 80 per cent of his fraud case was “over” and said the final segment of the day’s proceedings had been “outstanding.”
The former president condemned both the “horror show” lawyer bringing the case against him, and the trial’s “Democrat operative” judge.
Mr Engoron, the case’s judge, ruled last week that the defendants had engaged in up to $2.2 billion of fraud and will now preside over a trial without a jury to determine whether they took part in a “conspiracy” and what penalties they should face.
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Analysis: Donald Trump’s latest trial will hit him where it hurts – his ego
Donald Trump’s latest court battle is by no means the most serious legal challenge he faces in the run up to the 2024 presidential election, reports Tony Diver, The Telegraph’s US Editor.
Several of his criminal indictments, for allegedly subverting election results, falsifying business records and mishandling stolen documents – could result in lengthy prison sentences.
By contrast, the New York attorney general in the civil fraud suit is seeking a penalty of a mere $250 million and a ban on operating businesses in the state.
So why did Mr Trump choose to focus the world’s attention on this week’s trial by attending it in person?
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Donald Trump ‘gained $100m in financial benefits by lying about assets’, court hears
Donald Trump gained more than $100 million (£82 million) by lying about the value of his property empire, the judge in his fraud trial was told on Monday.
Kevin Wallace, a lawyer in state Attorney General Letitia James’ office, said in his opening statement in a downtown Manhattan courtroom that Mr Trump described his finances to banks and insurers in a “materially inaccurate way” for a decade.
Wallace said Mr Trump did this to get better loan terms and lower insurance premiums, illegally generating more than $100 million of financial benefits.
Read more from Tony Diver, The Telegraph’s US Editor, here
When will Trump appear in court?
The second day of the trial is due to begin at 3pm BST (10am ET) today in a New York courtroom.
Donald Bender, Trump’s former accountant, is expected to continue his testimony today.
Mr Bender was the first witness called by the New York Attorney General’s office on Monday.
Welcome to today’s liveblog following the second day of Donald Trump’s civil trial in Manhattan, New York.
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