Trump’s team filed the motion for a mistrial Wednesday, citing Judge Arthur Engoron’s past social posts on an alumni page for Wheatley School. In the posts, the judge appears to reference the case, as well as Trump and members of the former president’s family.
“In this case, the evidence of apparent and actual bias is tangible and overwhelming,” wrote Trump lawyers Clifford Robert and Alina Habba.
New York Attorney General Letitia James sits in the courtroom during the fraud trial of former President Trump and his children.(Dave Sanders-Pool/Getty Images)
Over the past several weeks, Trump has made many appearances in court defending the Trump Organization, which has its New York business license in jeopardy as James has leveled fraud charges against him and his two adult sons, who were named co-defendants in the case.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly said his assets were actually undervalued.
The former president has also repeatedly said his financial statements had disclaimers, requesting that the numbers be evaluated by the banks.