Trump Faces Legal Setback: Judge Rules Against Trump in Fraud Case, Celebrities React

In a significant legal development, a New York judge has ruled that former President Donald Trump and his adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, are liable for fraud. The ruling, part of a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, alleges that the Trumps inflated the value of their family businesses to secure better deals from banks and insurers.

The judge, Arthur Engoron, not only found them liable for fraud but also canceled the business certifications of the Trump entities, including the Trump Organization, a move that could have severe consequences for Trump’s business empire. Engoron stated that Trump and his sons provided false financial statements for approximately a decade, dismissing their argument that disclaimers rendered the statements non-fraudulent.

Attorney General Letitia James, seeking $250 million in damages and a ban on the Trumps from serving as officers of a business in New York, celebrated the ruling as a “major victory” for the rule of law. She asserted that the ruling affirmed her allegations that the Trumps had deceived banks, insurers, and the government about their assets’ value, leading to substantial tax evasion, according to Wonderwall.

Trump, denying any wrongdoing and dismissing the lawsuit as a politically motivated “witch hunt,” criticized the ruling on social media and announced plans to appeal to the highest courts. He portrayed his company as a victim of slander and injustice.

Noteworthy reactions from celebrities surfaced following the ruling on September 27, 2023:

  • Roseanne Barr sarcastically tweeted about trivial concerns related to Mar-a-Lago’s garden hoses.
  • Donald Trump Jr. mocked the judge’s valuation of Mar-a-Lago and expressed disbelief at the suggested worth.
  • Whoopi Goldberg, a vocal Trump critic, sarcastically commented on Trump’s denial.
  • Billy Baldwin contrasted Trump’s fraud with President Joe Biden’s support for working-class families.
  • Eric Trump expressed a loss of faith in the New York legal system, accusing the judge and the attorney general of a coordinated effort to harm his father.
  • Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former White House Director of Strategic Communications for Trump, emphasized Trump’s fraud and its impact.
  • Michael Moore, a filmmaker and activist, labeled Trump a fraud and a scam artist, highlighting various instances of alleged misconduct.

The ruling has triggered diverse reactions, reflecting the deep divide in public opinion surrounding Donald Trump and his business practices.

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