(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – In a strong bid to counter the massive Democrat-led judicial repression onslaught against himself, Donald Trump is seeking a mistrial in the $250 million civil fraud lawsuit targeting him, as the former president’s lawyers have declared the trial “tainted” by the presiding judge’s “bias.”
On Wednesday morning, before the start of the 28th day in the civil fraud trial, Trump’s attorneys Clifford Robert and Alina Habba filed papers in Manhattan Supreme Court, arguing in favor of a mistrial.
“In this case, the evidence of apparent and actual bias is tangible and overwhelming. Such evidence, coupled with an unprecedented departure from standard judicial procedure, has tainted these proceedings and a mistrial is warranted,” their papers read.
Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, alleges that Justice Arthur Engoron’s conduct throughout the trial exhibits bias, including what he perceives as “co-judging” by the judge’s principal law clerk, Allison Greenfield.
Central to Trump’s complaint is a partial gag order issued by Engoron, which prevents the 45th president of the United States from making public statements about his court staff, The New York Post reports.
This order was implemented following Trump’s social media post, where he shared a photo of Greenfield with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and baselessly labeled Greenfield as “Schumer’s girlfriend” in charge of the case.
Subsequently, Trump was fined $15,000 for twice breaching this order.
The former president claims both Engoron and Greenfield have demonstrated political bias against him.
The motion cites instances such as Engoron sharing news articles about the Trump case in a college alumni newsletter and Greenfield, a Democrat, donating $3,900 to groups supporting New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Engoron is alleged to have circulated articles about the Trump case and an earlier related lawsuit in a Wheatley School alumni newsletter, with the most recent article “criticizing Ms. Habba” sent just days before James filed her fraud suit against Trump.
“[The articles were] disparaging parties and counsel, including Eric Trump, President Trump, Ms. Habba … and covering his own decisions, in derogation,” the filing reads.
It stresses Greenfield’s influence, including images showing her seated next to the judge during the trial.
Trump’s lawyers argue that Greenfield’s proximity and interactions with Engoron during the trial suggest “co-judging” by an unelected staff member.
Engoron has not immediately ruled on the mistrial motion, giving the AG until the following morning to decide on filing a response.