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Donald Trump rails against ‘corrupt’ system as deadline looms on £359m worth of bonds

Donald Trump has targeted “crooked” judges and the “corrupt” attorney general in an angry social media post as the deadline for paying a 359 million pound ($454 million) bail in his New York Civil fraud case is getting closer.

On his Truth Social platform, Trump wrote on Monday: “These are rigged cases, all coordinated by the White House and the Justice Department for the purpose of influencing the election.”

“THE NUMBER ENGORON IS FRAUDULENT. It should be ZERO, I DID NOTHING WRONG! The prosecution case I’m going to today should be dismissed. No crime. Our country is CORRUPT!”

If Trump doesn’t come up with the money to pay the steep penalties in the civil fraud case, New York Attorney General Letitia James could begin seizing his assets, and Trump has been furious at the prospect of parts of his prized real estate empire being taken away from him.

In a follow-up post about 30 minutes later, he continued: “Crooked Poles!!! WRONG AND RIDICULOUS NUMBER.

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“‘Take his cash so he can’t use it to defeat his political opponent, the corrupt Joe Biden.'” The election interference, all under the direction of the White House – including Fani and the corrupt man from Manhattan. Because Bragg admitted there was no crime, he was shamed by what Mark Pomerance did – and he should be. Witch hunt!”

Through James’ office, the state sued Trump in 2022, saying he had committed years of fraud by inflating his assets based on financial statements submitted by banks and insurance companies related to various business deals.

In February, after the trial had lasted more than two months, Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump to pay $355 million plus interest, saying: “The frauds found here are striking and shock the conscience.”

Trump denies any attempt to deceive banks or others about his assets. He said the judge’s decision and the lawsuit itself were politically motivated attempts to stop him from retaking the White House in 2024.

The former president is also expected to appear at a crucial hearing in his hush money trial on Monday, as a New York judge weighs when or whether the former president’s trial will take place after a postponement due to a last-minute document dump.

The hearing comes in lieu of the long-scheduled start of jury selection in the first of his four criminal cases before trial. The trial has been postponed until at least mid-April due to the recent transfer of tens of thousands of pages of records from an earlier federal investigation.

Trump’s lawyers argue that the late disclosure warrants dismissing the case or at least delaying it for three months. Prosecutors say there is little new material in the trove and no reason for further delay.

New York Judge Juan M. Merchan summoned both sides to court Monday to explain what happened so he can assess whether to charge or punish anyone and decide on next steps.

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Trump is accused of falsifying business documents. Manhattan prosecutors say he did so to protect his 2016 election campaign by allegedly covering up false stories about extramarital sex.

At the heart of the case are allegations that Trump falsely recorded $130,000 in payments as legal fees on his company’s books “to conceal his and others’ criminal conduct,” as Bragg’s deputies put it in a court document.

The money went to Trump’s then-personal attorney Michael Cohen, but prosecutors say it was not intended for actual legal work. Rather, they say, Cohen was simply recouping the money he paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels on Trump’s behalf to keep her from disclosing her claim of a sexual encounter with him years earlier.

Trump’s lawyers say the payments to Cohen were legitimate legal fees and not cover-up checks.

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal charges including campaign finance violations related to the Daniels payment. He said Trump directed him to arrange the matter and that federal prosecutors indicated they believed him, but they never charged Trump with a crime related to the matter.

Cohen is now a key witness in the Manhattan district attorney’s case against Trump.

Trump has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing, saying the charges are politically motivated nonsense. The prosecutor handling the case, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, is a Democrat.

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