The trial against Donald Trump began after Justice ruled that the Republican primary candidate and his children committed fraud to build their real estate empire. The former president appeared at the Manhattan court to testify accompanied by several Secret Service agents and his lawyer.
Before entering the court, Trump gave a brief statement to the media and called Letitia James - the prosecutor who began investigating him in 2019 - a "racist attorney general" and accused her of wanting to "hurt him" before the elections. "It has never happened before. It is the single greatest witch hunt of all time," added the Republican candidate.
#VIDEO | Nueva York: Donald Trump afirma al llegar al tribunal que el juicio por fraude en su contra es "la continuación de la cacería de brujas más grande de todos los tiempos". pic.twitter.com/94kaULY0nZ
— VOZ (@VozMediaUSA) October 2, 2023
Moments before the trial, James posted on her X account (formerly Twitter) that Trump "lied about his net worth to enrich himself and cheat the system." She celebrated that Justice ruled in favor of her proceeding with her investigation:
We have proven that Donald Trump lied about his net worth to enrich himself and cheat the system.
No matter how rich or powerful you are, in America, there are consequences for breaking the law. pic.twitter.com/evaXxQGUEL
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) October 2, 2023