Surprising video evidence obtained within the New York State courthouse showed Attorney General Letitia James closely observing former President Donald Trump mere moments before the start of his fraud trial.
Unanticipated was the presence of cameras in the courtroom during the trial, and the provided video sample appears to have been captured by a single camera operator amassing supplemental footage prior to the start of the proceedings. Donald Trump has been found guilty of engaging in fraudulent activities in relation to his business endeavors. He appeared in court on Monday morning, where the judge is currently evaluating the case and determining the appropriate punishment.
During Fox News host Bill Hemmer’s phone interview with guest Jonathan Turley, the startling incident was captured on camera, surprising Hemmer.
The visual content presented to the audience included a solemn, dignified, and indignant former president, followed by an enthralling image of Attorney General James observing the defendant from a distance. Immediate prior to this instance, the Trump Team disseminated a comprehensive opposition file via e-mail with the express intent of discrediting and denigrating the claims led by James.
Upon leaving the courtroom, the camera operator appeared to catch Judge Arthur Engoron off guard, causing him to respond with a jovial camera angle, a smile, and a lackadaisical shrug that was visible to all present. Prior to this incident, Trump had attacked Engoron via social media a few hours earlier.
Judge Engoron appears to have validated Trump’s claim that the case was brought by a bigoted attorney general who despises him.
A first look at Trump inside the court room as the $250 million civil fraud trial against him in New York begins. pic.twitter.com/zKdsTX2Aax
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 2, 2023
Trump arrived at a New York court for the lawsuit that corrupt NY AG Letitia James brought against him, and someone was live-streaming. The judge kicked the person out after he realized it proved Trump was right about the "witch hunt" case and helped his election chances. pic.twitter.com/DXKzr0qoZr
— Just Jeff From Cali (@liberty_clarion) October 2, 2023
Trump issued an extensive defense statement before entering the courtroom. CNN ceased airing it after a few seconds, whereas Fox News continued to air it.
🚨BREAKING: Donald Trump speaks before entering court in New York pic.twitter.com/nfknwxA8Yz
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 2, 2023
The Associated Press reported “The fraud lawsuit that could cost former President Donald Trump control of some of his most prized prized properties went on trial Monday, with New York state lawyers vowing to hold him accountable while he denounced the case as a politically motivated “scam.””
The civil case, brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, accuses the business-mogul-turned-politician and his company of deceiving banks, insurers and others by habitually misstating his wealth in financial statements.
“They were lying year after year after year,” Kevin Wallace, a lawyer in James’ office, said in an opening statement as Trump sat at the defense table.
Trump showed up voluntarily for the trial, with his control over Trump Tower and some other major real estate holdings in jeopardy.
“This is a continuation of the single greatest witch hunt of all time,” the Republican said as he approached the courtroom, reiterating claims that James, a Democrat, is trying to thwart his return to the White House.
President Trump excoriated the judge and AG Letitia James in a series of posts on his Truth Social account yesterday and today:
“I’m going to Court tomorrow morning to fight for my name and reputation against a corrupt and racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who campaigned on “getting Trump,” and a Trump Hating Judge who is unfair, unhinged, and vicious in his PURSUIT of me. He values Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, at 18 Million Dollars, when it is worth 50 to 100 times that amount. His valuations are FRAUDULENT in pursuit of Election Interference, and worse. THIS WHOLE CASE IS A SHAM!!! See you in Court – Monday morning.”
“The judge, Arthur Engoron, refuses to accept our big win in the Court of Appeals, nullifying much of the case that the racist Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, has charged us with. Nobody can believe it!”
“Judge Engoron’s Valuation of Mar-a-Lago, the most spectacular property in Palm Beach, Florida, IS FRAUDULENT! He states a value of 18 Million Dollars, knowing full well that it is worth, perhaps, 50 to 100 times that amount. Engoron is working diligently to misrepresent me, and my net worth, which is substantially MORE than is shown on my fully “disclaimed” Financial Statements.
I have omitted even my most valuable asset – BRAND! He should resign from the “Bench” and be sanctioned by the Courts for his abuse of power and his intentional and criminal interference in the 2024 Presidential Election, in which I am currently dominating all candidates, Republican and Democrat, by significant margins.
Letitia James should likewise resign for intentional and illegal election interference. She is well aware that Mar-a-Lago and other assets are worth significantly more than she claims. These two Democratic operatives are an embarrassment to New York and the United States of America!”
Trump posted this on Monday morning:
“JUST ARRIVED AT THE COURTHOUSE TO FIGHT A CORRUPT & RACIST ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND A ROGUE, OUT OF CONTROL, TRUMP HATING JUDGE, WHO REFUSES TO FOLLOW THE APPELLATE COURT DECISION WHICH KNOKS OUT 80% OF THIS SHAM CASE. THIS IS THE CONTINUATION OF THE GREATEST WITCH HUNT OF ALL TIME. ELECTION INTERFERENCE!”