Trump Accuses New York AG of “Weaponized Justice” in Civil Trial

ASTON, PA - SEPTEMBER 22, 2016: Donald Trump giving the thumbs up gesture as he delivers a campaign speech at Sun Center Studios.

( – Before attending a third court date in New York on Wednesday, former President Donald Trump said that the justice system is being “weaponized” against him and that his legal team was railroaded by not being given an option for a trial by jury.

Before entering court for the third day, Trump told reporters that the New York lawsuit against him is a “witch-hunt” carried out by “using statute 63(12),” which has to do with consumer fraud. Trump said the case “may be unconstitutional.” The former president also noted how he wasn’t allowed a jury because of this statue.

Trump and two of his sons are facing charges of defrauding banks and insurers for allegedly overvaluing properties while building their real estate empire. After investigating the Trumps since 2019, New York Attorney General Letitia hit them with a $250 million civil lawsuit in September 2022. Trump’s legal team tried to get the case dismissed, but the judge denied the motion and let it go to trial.

James is “incompetent,” according to Trump. He also accused “people like her” of “forcing companies” out of New York “by the thousands.”

Trump and Alina Habba, his legal spokeswoman, rebuked false reports that they opted out of a trial by jury in favor of Judge Arthur Engoron acting as both judge and jury. Trump said that under 63(12), a jury trial was never an option for him and his team. The former president said that this statute has “never been used” for such a purpose and that he’s the first example as the “leading candidate” in the upcoming 2024 presidential election, which Trump said is “the only reason” the trial is happening.

Trump told the press that justice in America is now “weaponized” and called the trial “a disgrace.” He called the attacks on him “railroading” and claimed that they signaled “the beginning of communism” in the US.

James responded to Trump’s remarks and said she “will not be bullied.” She also called the former president’s voluntary appearances in court a “political stunt.”

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