Donald Trump praised Judge Arthur Engoron for a “very fair” ruling at the end of the first day of his New York fraud trial Monday, which, according to the former president, means that “80% of this case would be over.”
At issue was the New York attorney general’s office calling of Mazars accountant Donald Bender as a witness about valuations used for Trump Organization’s tax returns in 2011. However, it fell outside of the statute of limitations for fraud that occurred only to 2014.
“I trust that you can relate the 2011 documents to something that happened later,” Engoron told prosecutors. “Or this has all been a waste of time.”
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