Banana Republic: Photos & Video Chronicle Historic Trial of President Donald Trump

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Ex-President and current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump appeared in a New York court Monday facing civil fraud charges brought forward by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

President Trump spoke defiantly about the false allegations to the press outside the courtroom, calling the charges a “continuation of one of the greatest witch hunts of all time.”

“This is a judge that should be disbarred,” Trump said. “This is a judge that should be out of office. This is a judge that some people say could be charged criminally for what he’s doing. He’s interfering with an election.”

Trump also defended the value of his sprawling Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, which the judge undervalued at a mere $18 million.

“I’ve been defrauded with the judge that ruled that a property is worth $18 million when in fact it’s worth over a billion, probably a billion and a half,” Trump said.

Emerging from the courtroom briefly after proceedings, Trump pointed out presiding Judge Arthur Engoron essentially conceded 80% of his case could be dismissed due to statutes of limitations.

“I think that was very good. That last five minutes was outstanding because the judge essentially conceded that the statute of limitations is in effect, therefore about 80% of the cases over,” Trump said.

Trump’s attorney Alina Habba spoke to reporters on the courtroom steps ahead of the trial, affirming, “We will continue to fight in hopes that there is some level of law and order in this country.”

NY AG James also spoke to reporters spouting the familiar bootlicking mantra that she’s just doing her job and that no one is above the law.

Check out scenes and images from outside the courtroom and inside the trial, where video cameras aren’t allowed:

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 02: Former U.S. President Donald Trump departs Trump Tower on October 02, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

While videotaping inside the courtroom was not allowed, one video that emerged showed Judge Engoron grinning ear-to-ear as the camera panned in for a close-up.

President Trump is also expected to be in attendance at day two of the trial.

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