Judge Denies Trump’s Last Attempt to Throw out Tax Fraud Suit in NY


On Friday, January 6, 2023, a New York state judge denied a request from the former President to throw out the $250 million tax fraud suit he is facing. In his last ditch effort, Trump’s counsel attempted to throw out the suit for both Trump, his children, and his executives, stating in the dismissal argument that the suit is “wholly unconvincing and borderline frivolous even the first time defendants made them.” The judge in the case, Justice Arthur F. Engoron released a nine-page order denying the request and criticizing Trump’s counsel for “rehashing standing arguments he previously rejected during briefing on the preliminary injunction bid, which was granted in earlier proceedings.”

“Defendants do not claim, nor could they, that their capacity and standing arguments now are any different from their capacity and standing arguments then; indeed they acknowledge in a letter to the court that the subject arguments were ‘re-presented,’ which on its face strongly suggests frivolity,” Justice Engoron said in the order he released. “Reading these arguments was, to quote the baseball sage Lawrence Peter (‘Yogi’) Berra, ‘Deja vu all over again.'”