As per legal counsel, it is possible that Donald Trump’s susceptibility to losing ownership of properties, including his Mar-a-Lago resort, has been heightened as a result of his deposition in the civil fraud trial in New York.
In a podcast dialogue mediated by Mary Trump, a notable adversary and niece of the former president, Joe Gallina argued that the results of Trump’s recent deposition, during which he provided answers to questions pertaining to his financial statements, were profoundly detrimental to him.
New York Attorney General Letitia James has levied an accusation against Donald Trump, alleging that he procured and submitted falsified financial documents for an extended duration. It is purported that these documents intentionally inflated the values of his properties and assets in order to obtain favorable bank loans and tax advantages. President Trump categorically denies any accusations of improper conduct pertaining to the $250 million lawsuit that James has filed.
In the ongoing civil litigation in New York, the presiding judge, Judge Arthur Engoron, has previously issued a ruling that establishes Trump’s complicity in fraudulent activities by intentionally distorting the values of his properties for a significant duration. At present, the six offenses that remain to be tried in James’ case are the subject of deliberations during the ongoing civil trial. Additionally, the appropriate magnitude of the penalty is being determined.
Trump could potentially face limitations on his ability to engage in business operations within the state of New York, the seizure of his property ownership, or the imposition of a significant monetary penalty totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.
During his testimony on Monday, former President Donald Trump admitted that he had submitted financial statements on behalf of The Trump Organization, his real estate company, in order to secure loans from institutions such as Deutsche Bank. This admission seems to validate a substantial assertion put forth by James’ office, which suggested that the financial statements in question erroneously computed the net worth of Trump with the intention of obtaining loans from insurers and banks.
Throughout their courtroom exchanges, Trump and Engoron engaged in a series of disagreements, with the former president contending that the judge consistently issued unfavorable decisions and displayed a hostile demeanor.
Gallina opined on Mary Trump’s podcast that Trump’s testimony failed to make a constructive contribution to his legal case, potentially leading to the forfeiture of his assets, which encompassed his Florida residence.
“From start to finish, every single thing we heard about today could not have gone worse. Whether it be Donald’s temperament, whether it be his exchanges with the prosecutors, whether it be his admissions, today was a clusterf*** for the defense,” Gallina said.
“Prosecutors say that they’re seeking up to at least $250 million as a verdict. And so we’re going to see how much of that ends up being true. It could be more, it could be less,” he added.
“Usually it’s around either what the prosecution asks or less, but we’re going to see essentially what happens at that moment would be the property that is owned by The Trump Organization, and that includes Mar-a-Lago, depending on how the fee structures, depending on how much they owe, it’s basically liquidated in order to pay back these debts. And that’s the big question.”
Throughout the proceedings, Trump has repeatedly maintained that the Mar-a-Lago resort is significantly more valuable than the $18 million estimated by appraisers on the basis of its limited use as a social club. On multiple occasions, the former president has predicted that the residential value of the property could reach $1.5 billion.
President Trump denied allegations that he had inflated the value of his assets during his testimony on Monday. Instead, he suggested that their worth could have been even higher in light of his “brand.” Furthermore, he claimed that his wealth exceeds the financial statements that were submitted by “billions of dollars.”
In response to the testimony, Gallina asserted that the New York attorneys general successfully utilized Trump’s egotism to coerce him into divulging crucial case-related information.
“They got Donald stewing, basically wanting to say, ‘I didn’t lie about my wealth. I’m actually worth more than I put in the documents.’ They knew that he was not going to just sit there and admit that he inflated his income, how his entire career was based on lying about how much money he had,” Gallina said.
“And here they’re asking him these questions and like a pressure cooker, he just couldn’t handle it. And prosecutors didn’t just prove one of those things today. They got him to admit to both, and that is a slam dunk.”