Former President Donald Trump celebrated a New York appellate court’s ruling allowing him to delay dissolving his Empire State businesses.
The court refused to stop his civil fraud trial, which Trump and his legal team criticized as a “weaponization of justice” and “election interference.”
They highlighted the testimony of a defense expert witness who found no evidence of accounting fraud. (Trending: Top Democrat Loses In Historic Landslide)
“My main finding is that there is no evidence whatsoever of any accounting fraud,” New York University accounting professor Eli Bartov testified.
The former President’s financial statements “were not materially misstated.”
Trump called the trial a political witch hunt and accused the White House of controlling district attorneys.
“President Trump very much appreciates the court’s consideration and ruling today,” Trump lawyer Christopher Kise stated.
“The ruling helps pave the way for a much needed, and deliberative, review of the trial court’s many errors.”
“I think it’s a great thing for the country,” Trump agreed.
He also emphasized that there were no victims or harm caused by the actions under scrutiny.
“I don’t know him, but he’s an expert witness and he found no fraud whatsoever. He found no accounting fraud whatsoever,” Trump said of Bartov.
“And like everyone else, he said, ‘What are we doing here?’ What are we doing here? This is a political witch hunt. This is meant to influence an election.”
“This also comes from the White House. This is not just a state matter because the White House is controlling district attorneys.”
“This case should be over. This case should never have been brought.”
“It’s a sad day for our country that a thing like this can take place.”
“I’m sitting in a courthouse instead of being in Iowa where I should be, even though I’m leading by about 40 points,” he said.