Trump scolds New York AG in civil fraud trial after judge allows him to speak

Former President Donald Trump, barred by a judge from making closing arguments, was temporarily allowed to speak at the end of his civil business fraud trial, using the time to scold the New York attorney general who brought the case.

“We have a situation where I’m an innocent man,” Trump told Judge Arthur Engoron, saying New York Attorney General Letitia James’s lawsuit seeking $370 million in damages is a “fraud on me.”

Former President Donald Trump speaks after exiting the courtroom at New York Supreme Court, Dec. 7, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

“They should pay me for what I’ve gone through,” Trump said, before Engoron begged defense attorney Chris Kise to “please control your client.”

Trump accused James of going after him for her political gain, referencing she “failed” to run for governor, prompting Engoron to once again order the former
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