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Trump Scores Massive Victory Against Judge In His Civil Fraud Trial As Appeals Court Halts Dismantling Of Corporations

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Former President Donald Trump has finally gotten a victory against the court in his New York civil fraud trial as an appeals court has halted the judge’s order to have his company dismantled.

But the appeals court did not agree to stop the civil fraud trial against the former president as his attorneys requested, The New York Post reported.

An appeals judge Friday rejected Donald Trump’s bid to halt his $250 million civil fraud trial — a request that the New York Attorney General’s Office had warned would “sow chaos” if granted.

The judge did temporarily suspend yanking Trump’s business licenses, but the state had already agreed to the move.

Trump, 77, had separately filed a notice of appeal Wednesday seeking to overturn a bombshell ruling from Justice Arthur Engoron that sided with New York Attorney General Letitia James on one of her main fraud claims in the case against the real-estate tycoon.

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Engoron — who is hearing the Manhattan trial rather than a jury — found that the 45th president was liable for fraud when he exaggerated the value of his assets for years.

As part of his summary judgment, the civil fraud trial judge ordered someone to oversee the ending of Trump’s companies.

The attorney general’s office said that the stay was not needed because it said it would not dissolve Trump’s companies as the civil fraud trial was continuing.

Eric Trump, the son of the former president, responded to the decision in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

“We thank the Appellate Division for staying the NY Attorney General’s and Judge Engoron’s overzealous attempt to cancel our New York business certificates. Judge Engoron’s order erroneously sought to adjudicate the rights of non-party business entities that employ nearly 1,000 hard-working New Yorkers, have never been accused of any wrongdoing and, were never given their day in court – in clear violation of their fundamental Constitutional rights and Due Process.  We will continue to vigorously defend our company and our incredible employees from this politically-motivated persecution,” he said.

Engoron, who is overseeing New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil fraud trial against the former president and his family, exhibited more bizarre behavior during a court session on Thursday, launching a mini tirade at Trump’s legal team.

The judge slammed a hand down on his table during a cross-examination of a witness after he obviously grew annoyed at the line of questioning, according to the New York Post.

Trump’s lawyers were getting very technical with Mazars USA partner David Bender when Engoron exclaimed, “This is ridiculous!” after the president’s attorneys accused Bender of refusing to answer questions.

“Don’t waste time,” he added as Trump’s attorneys tried arguing that they had to go through their client’s records “year by year” with the witness.

Trump’s attorneys had already spent “part of Tuesday afternoon and all of Wednesday morning” parsing Bender’s testimony, The Post noted. When they advised that he would remain on the stand for the rest of the day, that’s when Engoron lost his temper.

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“This is ridiculous!” he said, adding: “Mr. Bender isn’t on trial here.”

“We need to be allowed to parse the evidence,” Trump attorney Christopher Kise argued in response, according to The Post. “We didn’t bring this case.”

“We haven’t got one answer from him,” another Trump attorney, Alina Habba, added. “He has no memory as we sit here.”

At one point, Kise agreed “to streamline” the questioning, which led Engoron to respond, “Let’s not waste time.”

Engoron indicated that Trump’s legal team appeared to be employing courtroom theatrics designed to make an impact on a jury or possibly the media but that these tactics were not conducive to a bench trial where the judge alone would make the ultimate decision.

“There is no jury here,” he told the Trump team at least once, according to the report. He then asked: “Who are you talking to — me, the press or the audience?”

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