The judge oversees $250 million of New York Attorney General Letitia James civil court against former President Trump is considering whether to allow his lawyers, new court documents revealed on Thursday.
Judge Arthur Engoron, in an email to attorneys, said he “is considering granting summary judgment” on Trump’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
Trump’s attorneys, Alina Habba, Christopher Kise and Clifford Robert, argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the attorney general lacks the standing or power to prosecute. They repeated Trump’s “magic” line by arguing “the NYAG pursued this attack against all things Trump.”
“These are legal arguments that were previously rejected by this Court,” said Engoron.
“(D)opponents are making the same arguments based on the same facts and the same law,” Engoron said in an email. The defense attorney responded in a letter saying that they acted in the best interests of their client.
“There was and is no intention to ignore or disrespect the Court or its decisions, but the basic principles of advocacy and constitutional law require the submission and preservation of arguments even if , with respect, disagreements between the parties and/or the Court. is the center of the dispute process and there is no way to reflect any attempt to disrespect the Court or disrupt the process of these proceedings,” said the counter letter.
In its own letter to the judge, the attorney general’s office did not rule on whether Engoron should be sentenced, but senior attorney Kevin Wallace said “the reinterpretation of the arguments here is appears to be designed to delay the proceedings and unnecessarily divert the parties and court resources.”
James filed his lawsuit in September after a three-year investigation into Trump’s business practices. It has named Trump, his three grown children, his company and two of his executives, and accused them of fraudulently adjusting the value of the Trump real estate portfolio to get better terms on loans and taxes. The lawsuit, which Trump has denied outright, alleged that the defendants inflated Trump’s tuition to get more favorable terms.