Former President Donald Trump’s own words could be used against him, as the former president repeatedly criticized Judge Arthur Engoron on social media following his ruling that found Trump liable for fraud.
Engoron wrote in a decision Tuesday that Trump and his sons, along with the Trump Organization and several other companies linked to the former president, committed fraud by repeatedly inflating the value of many of Trump’s properties. Engoron’s ruling partially granted New York Attorney General Letitia James’ motion for summary judgment in her $250 million lawsuit against Trump and his company.
In direct response to the verdict Trump posted He said on his social media platform Truth Social on Wednesday: “This political hack judge who values Mar-a-Lago, the most spectacular property in Palm Beach and perhaps all of Florida, at $18 million.” The reduction the valuations of my financial statements that are actually lower than my actual net worth must be stopped.”
Former federal prosecutor Andrew Wiessmann addresses Trump’s reaction and apparently warns that Trump’s words could come back to haunt him in the form of legal liability.
In one Post on XWiessmann, official on Twitter, said: “I fear it is only a matter of time before the worst occurs: And both Trump’s enablers and Trump will bear moral, if not legal, responsibility.”
Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance also commented to Trump’s comments, even highlighting certain words Trump used and saying, “If a defendant in one of my cases had done this, I don’t think he would have easily gotten permission from the court.” And certainly not from the prosecutor. “Trump shows a pattern of disregard for the danger he is putting the community in.”
Newsweek has emailed legal analysts seeking further comment.
Meanwhile, the ruling sparked outrage from the Trump family and other Republicans who support the former president and accused Engoron of launching a politically motivated “radical attack.”
But this isn’t the first time others have warned that the former president’s words could come back to haunt him. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Gene Rossi previously warned against the same notion after Trump told NBC News’ Kristen Welker that he ignored the advice of some of his administration’s lawyers who advised him not to pursue election fraud cases because he “didn’t respect them “. Lawyers,” during an interview on Meet the Press.
In addition to the recent ruling, Trump continues to face legal troubles as state and federal investigations into his business and political affairs have led to Trump being indicted on four counts in four months.