Former President Donald Trump headed back to a Manhattan courthouse where he got a last look at the venue as his lawyers wrapped up his defense before his expected bombshell testimony Monday.
Trump left Trump Tower Thursday morning, after skipping Wednesday night’s prime time presidential debate in Alabama, and headed for the courthouse, where he once again delivered a harangue about the case against him.
He was accompanied by longtime aide and former White House official Margo Martin, who could be seen holding up her cell phone on outside his motorcade.
Trump, who is once again subject to a judge’s gag order, fired off an attack on New York AG Letitia James, and called Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over the trial, ‘crooked.’
Former President Donald Trump headed back to a Manhattan court where his fraud trial is underway
The ‘gag’, upheld by an appeals court, prohibits him from attacking court personnel like Engoron’s chief clerk, after Trump repeatedly accused her of controlling the judge and posted a link to her instagram page.
‘Heading to a Witch Hunt with a Crooked Judge and a Bats..t CRAZY (and Racist!), A.G.,’ Trump wrote. ‘This case was decided against me before it even started. WE WON AT THE APPELLATE DIVISION, BUT HIGHLY POLITICAL AND DISRESPECTFUL JUDGE ENGORON REFUSES TO HONOR THEIR ORDER!’ Trump posted on his Truth Social site.
Trump last appeared at his trial a month ago. Since then, key Trump Organization witnesses have appeared in a trial where prosecutors accuse Trump and his company of inflating real estate valuations to secure lending and avoid taxes.
His comments that brought the gag order came inside the courthouse, where media members and camera crews have been lined up to capture his comments when he appears.
Trump skipped Wednesday’s presidential debate. He tore into Judge Arthur Engoron from inside the courthouse
Trump aide Margo Martin accompanied him to court
Trump attacked AG Letitia James again on Thursday, calling her ‘crazed’ and a ‘lunatic’ inside the courtroom
Trump was accompanied by attorneys Alina Habba (r), Chris Kise (l) and Clifford Robert (not pictured)
Trump blasted the judge and the AG Thursday, but did not single out members of his staff as he has in the past
Trump called the state AG a ‘lunatic’ and ‘bat**** crazy’
‘We did nothing wrong. There were no victims. The bank loved us,’ Trump said Thursday, calling James ‘crazed’ and ‘a lunatic,’ while blaming her for violent crime in New York, with his lawyer Alina Habba standing behind him.
He glared once again while photographers and videographers captured a brief moment inside the courtroom.
Trump called the case a ‘witch hunt’ and called it a ‘very corrupt trial.’ Engoron has already ruled him liable for fraud in the civil case.
Trump’s lawyers are preparing to call as a witness Eli Bartov, a New York University accounting professor to speak about property valuations and financial statements which are key to the case.