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Trump Faces Legal Blow with Reports of Witness Perjury

Former President Donald Trump is confronting a dual setback in his legal battles as his defense team grapples with significant developments in both civil and criminal trials.

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Immunity Claim

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A federal appeals court dealt a blow to Trump’s defense by dismissing his presidential immunity claim, allowing Special Counsel Jack Smith to proceed with prosecuting the former president on four criminal charges related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

Judge Demands Answers on Witness Perjury

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Simultaneously, in Trump’s New York fraud case, Judge Arthur Engoron raised concerns about potential perjury by former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg.

Engoron’s Email

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In an email, Engoron has requested responses from both Trump’s defense team and Attorney General Letitia James regarding reports of Weisselberg’s alleged lies on the witness stand.

Raising Stakes

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Engoron’s email emphasized the gravity of the situation, quoting a New York Times article that highlighted the detrimental impact of perjury on the administration of justice.

Possible Impact of Real Estate Case

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He even suggested that he would consider this into his ruling when deciding the fate of Trump’s real estate empire.

Time Till Wednesday To Respond

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The judge gave both parties until Wednesday to address the matter and provide insights into how he should address the reported perjury in his ruling.

Weisselberg’s Reported Lies

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Reports indicate that Weisselberg is negotiating a plea deal after allegedly lying during his testimony in the fraud trial.

Nothing Will Be Ignored

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Engoron suggested that if confirmed, these falsehoods could discredit Weisselberg’s defense of the Trump Organization, potentially influencing the outcome of the case. He wrote in his mail that “I do not want to ignore anything in a case of this magnitude.”

Implications for Trump’s Business

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Engoron underscored the broader implications of Weisselberg’s alleged lies, noting that they could undermine the credibility of the Trump Organization’s defense.

Falsus In Uno Invoked

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The judge hinted at the possibility of invoking the legal principle of “falsus in uno,” which could cast doubt on the entirety of Weisselberg’s testimony.

Trump’s Civil Trial

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Trump’s $370 million civil trial concluded last month, with Engoron already finding him liable for fraud.

Pending Verdict Hanging in Balance

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However, the judge’s pending verdict will determine the financial penalties Trump and his associates will face and their ability to conduct business in New York state.

Engoron’s Concerns

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Engoron expressed concern that Weisselberg’s purported perjury could invalidate aspects of his defense, potentially influencing the court’s perception of the Trump Organization’s conduct.

The judge’s scrutiny underscores the seriousness of the allegations and their potential impact on the case’s outcome.

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