Trump Gives Comments After Appeals Court Ruling

Former President Trump held a press conference on Monday afternoon. Trump, the presumptive 2024 GOP presidential nominee, accused President Biden of using the government as a weapon to target him and vowed to continue fighting against what he called “Biden trials.”

Trump specifically addressed two cases, one brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James and the other by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. He stated that the “Biden trials” are politically motivated and meant to damage his reputation.

He pointed out that the trial in the Bragg case has been set for mid-April, right in the middle of a presidential election. Trump questioned the timing of the trial and accused prosecutor Matthew Colangelo of working for Biden, as he previously worked for the Justice Department under the Biden administration.

Trump also mentioned the recent ruling by a New York Appeals Court, which reduced the bond due in James’ case from $454 million to $175 million. He expressed relief at the reduction but continued to criticize the judge who initially ruled on the case, Judge Arthur Engoron. Trump accused Judge Engoron of being a “corrupt judge” and claimed that he was undervaluing his properties, such as Mar-A-Lago.

The former president also touched on the raid by the FBI on his home in Florida last year as part of a separate investigation into his alleged improper retention of classified records. He called the raid “illegal” and “criminal” and accused the DOJ of “weaponization” in their actions against him.

Trump’s press conference came after a morning spent in a Manhattan courtroom, where a judge denied his request for a further delay in the hush-money payments trial. The trial is set to begin on April 15. Despite facing numerous legal challenges from the Biden administration, Trump remained defiant, saying he would have no problem testifying and insisting he did nothing wrong.

Trump also put a reporter in his place when asked about what he was going to do with his money. Trump responded, “First of all, it’s none of your business.”

He also let his feelings be known about Letitia James.

In response to the press conference, Biden’s reelection campaign released a statement calling Trump “weak and desperate” and pointing out his low approval ratings and lackluster fundraising efforts. They also accused Trump of pushing moderate and suburban voters away with his “dangerous agenda.”

However, Trump remains confident in his innocence and willing to fight against what he sees as a weaponization of the government by the current administration.