Trump faces double legal dramas in New York

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AFP :
Donald Trump faces twin legal crises on Monday in New York, where he could see the possible seizure of his storied properties over a massive fine as he separately fights to delay a criminal trial even further.
The 77-year-old real estate magnate, who has once again clinched the Republican nomination despite facing a raft of legal charges, has already been hit by heavy fines in two civil cases.
In his case over business fraud, his lawyers on Monday must either prove that he can guarantee payment of the $454 million fine or face the possible seizure of some of his assets.
Judge Arthur Engoron imposed that fine after finding Trump and his two adult sons guilty in a non-jury trial.
If Trump is unable to provide the needed bond — and his lawyers have said they have tried in vain to secure one — then “obviously his image would change dramatically, I would think, for many people, because he has said that he’s a billionaire and very successful,” Andrew Weissmann, a former federal prosecutor and author of the book “The Trump Indictments,” told AFP.
“And if he cannot post a bond in any amount, that obviously is a huge problem.” Separately, a criminal court in Manhattan convenes at 9:30 am (1330 GMT) to set a new date in his historic trial over payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
The former president took to his Truth Social platform Saturday to again blast Judge Engoron and New York Attorney General Letitia James in no uncertain terms. In one all-caps message he denounced the judge as “GROSSLY INCOMPETENT AND CORRUPT,” and in another, he said James “GOES AFTER TRUMP FOR DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG!”
Trump regularly rails against a judicial system he says is “fixed” against him. He has said James — who is Black — is “racist,” and accused Engoron of being a “crooked judge” controlled by Democrats.
Despite Trump’s supposed inability to secure a bond, he bragged online on Friday that due to “hard work, talent, and luck” he had almost $500 million in cash, which he said he had planned to spend on his election campaign against President Joe Biden.
The judge, he said, “knew this (and) wanted to take it away from me.”
Trump got some positive financial news on Friday when it was announced that Truth Social would finally go public through a merger, a transaction that could net him billions of dollars.
He cannot tap into the funds for six months, but it potentially could help him secure a bond.

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