(Adds details of Trump’s court filings.)
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Donald Trump responded Monday to a court order to set up oversight bodies in the Trump Organization before a state attorney general’s civil fraud case goes to trial. appealed.
Manhattan-based Judge Arthur Engolon on Thursday blocked Attorney General Letitia James’ ongoing fraud allegations at a real estate firm to prevent Trump from moving assets out of her reach. granted the request to appoint an independent overseer for
Engoron’s order prohibits defendants from transferring assets without court approval, and monitors must receive a “complete and accurate description” of the Trump organization’s structure and assets.
James nominated Trump in September. his adult children Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka; The Trump Organization and others have been named defendants in a $250 million civil fraud lawsuit, alleging they overvalued the assets and Trump’s net worth through his decade of lies to banks and insurance companies.
Engoron instructed both sides to nominate three candidates to monitor by November 10th.
In a notice of appeal filed Monday, attorneys for Trump and his children asked the Appeals Division, the mid-level state court of appeals, to consider Engolon’s order.
Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, argued that the order should not have been enforced before the appeal was heard.
She described Engolon’s attempts to interfere in James’ private business dealings as “rubber stamps” “without a clear statutory authority.”
James’ office has not commented on the appeal, but has rejected Trump’s claim that his attorneys do not have the authority to file a lawsuit.
Republican Trump last week called Engoron’s order “ridiculous” and the Trump Organization called it a “clear attempt” to influence Tuesday’s US midterm elections. James is a Democrat.
The case is one of many legal battles Trump faces as he considers his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.
The testimony began last week in another Manhattan courtroom in a criminal case by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which accused the Trump Organization of plotting to deceive tax officials for at least 15 years. The company has pleaded not guilty. (Reporting by Luc Cohen, New York; Editing by Bill Berkrot)