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Trump Celebrates Appellate Court Decision In New York: ‘Very Good Ruling’

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Former President Donald Trump got some more good news in one of his many court cases, this time in New York, where he faces a $250 million civil fraud penalty and the potential loss of his business empire.

Trump described an Appellate Division, First Department ruling as “very good” after the court ruled that Trump can “hold off on obeying an order to dissolve his Empire State businesses until the courts can consider their status,” the Western Journal reported. Now the case goes before a four-judge panel, the outlet said.

The Messenger reported further that the appellate court refused to halt Trump’s civil fraud trial.

After noting the “very good ruling,” Trump proclaimed: “I think the country appreciates it.”

His lawyer, Christopher Kise, added, “President Trump very much appreciates the court’s consideration and ruling today. The ruling helps pave the way for a much needed, and deliberative, review of the trial court’s many errors.”

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“I think it’s a great thing for the country,” Trump told reporters.

“Trump and his legal team also celebrated the testimony of a defense expert witness, New York University accounting professor Eli Bartov, who said he reviewed Trump’s financial information and found that Trump and his people did nothing wrong,” the Western Journal continued.

“My main finding is that there is no evidence whatsoever of any accounting fraud,” Bartov testified. Trump’s financial statements “were not materially misstated,” he said.

A lawyer from Attorney General Letitia James’ office ripped Bartov’s testimony and claimed it was “pure speculation from someone they hired to say what they want.”

But the witness responded with vigor, saying, “You should be ashamed of yourself, talking to me like that. I’m here to tell the truth,” NBC News reported.

Trump told the media that Bartov is a “highly respected man.”

“I don’t know him, but he’s an expert witness, and he found no fraud whatsoever. He found no accounting fraud whatsoever,” Trump told reporters. “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.”

Meanwhile, Trump is also facing many legal challenges to keep him off the 2024 ballot in several states, where plaintiffs have cited a provision of the 14th Amendment that would bar him from seeking elected office under the “insurrection” clause, though he has never been charged with, or convicted of such a crime.

But so far, the efforts have been fruitless. Last week, a state court of appeals in Michigan issued the latest ruling in a series of cases throughout the country, turning aside a challenge to keep Trump off the ballot. Plaintiffs argued that his alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol Building made him ineligible.

The court affirmed a pair of lower court rulings. “Who to place on the primary ballot is determined by the political parties and the individual candidates,” the appeals court said in a 3-0 opinion, citing Michigan law, The Associated Press reported.

The three-judge panel added that who can be placed on the state’s presidential ballots is not a question for the Judicial Branch to decide. It should be noted that Trump has not been charged with, nor convicted of, “insurrection.”

“The two-sentence clause in the 14th Amendment has been used only a handful of times since the years after the Civil War. It’s likely that one of the lawsuits challenging Trump eventually will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has never ruled on the insurrection clause,” the AP reported.

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