Judge Bans Trump From Doing Business in Fault-Finding Fraud Ruling

20 February 2024

3.8 MINS

Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial has ended with a three-year business ban on the former president.

Judge Arthur Engoron ruled against Trump in favour of a four-year, politically motivated, fault-finding campaign.

Trump and his sons are now restricted from directing or being an executive of businesses in New York.

This, for good reason, has New York businesses wondering if they’ll be next.

It’s not so much the $355 million dollar fine, business ban, and continued nanny state monitoring of the Trump family.

It’s the discernible subjectivism behind Engoron’s judgement.

On page 87 of the briefing, it’s obvious the 74-year-old doesn’t like Trump or his family.

A petty and enraged Engoron takes issue with Trump’s insistence on innocence.

“To err is human, to forgive is divine,” he said, quoting Alexander Pope.

“Defendants apparently are of a different mind.”

The only “error” Trump admitted to, Engoron complains, was “an ‘inadvertent’ (of course) tripling of the size of the Trump Tower Penthouse, which cannot be gainsaid [denied].”

Citing Soros activist Attorney-General Letitia James’ lengthy “investigation”, Engoron then digs himself in deeper, stating,

“[Donald Trump, and his son’s] complete lack of contrition and remorse borders on pathological.”

‘They are accused only of inflating asset values to make more money. The documents prove this over and over again.”

Engoron then says, true, Trump isn’t a murderer or arsonist.

He didn’t commit a bank robbery with a gun, or rip off pensioners and mum-and-dad investors like Bernard Madoff did.

Still, Engoron stated,

[These] “defendants are incapable of admitting the error of their ways.

“Instead, they adopt a ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ posture that the evidence belies.”

As bizarre as it sounds, Engoron argued that Trump’s insistence on innocence was a sign that the former president was likely to “offend” again.

So, he said, “judicially restraining Trump” was the only way to protect the “integrity of the financial marketplace and the public as a whole.”

Acknowledging that Trump had long since paid off all the loans in question, Engoron dismissed this as irrelevant and accused the defendants of crowing. (p. 2)

“Timely and total repayment of loans does not extinguish the harm that false statements inflict on the marketplace,” he claimed. (p.4)

To this, Engoron added,

“Indeed, the common excuse that ‘everybody does it’ is all the more reason to strive for honesty, and transparency, and to be vigilant in enforcing the rules.”

Politically Motivated

Reasons for the fines, ban, and nanny-state surveillance seem to me to be, by and large, because Trump refused to concede to what he’s called a witchhunt.

I don’t think that’s far off the mark.

It’s easy to see why New York businesses are alarmed.

What is being justified as just prosecution, could easily be interpreted as political persecution.

Trump was not tried before a jury.

The outcome is also similar to a recent ruling where the judge decided Trump was guilty of defamation.

He left the compensation amount up to the jury to decide.

This resulted in the judge redistributing a staggering US$83 million from Trump to an “advice columnist”, after he defended himself against sexual assault accusations.

Then there’s the fact that Engoron’s ruling almost completely aligns with Soros Attorney-General Letitia “Tish” James’ lengthy left-wing, get-Trump-at-all-costs crusade.

On this front, The Guardian’s recent gloating gave the game away.

“Engoron handed her almost everything she had asked for,” they wrote, cheering on James as though she’d just single-handedly liberated Berlin in 1945.

anti-Trump A-G

Importantly, James is an alleged beneficiary of “super-donor” George Soros.

So named because of his 2016 far-left quest to “reshape the American justice system.”

Letitia James also appears to have her own shady skeletons hidden away.

A 2017 NY Post editorial accused her of “gaming the system.”

Trump’s chief accuser, The NY Post reported, received USD $750,000 in public money, then “spent USD $500,000 of it on election day” to avoid having to return leftover funds post-election.

Legal Farce

The Engoron ruling against Trump seems to be more about coercion, and less about correction.

At Letitia James’ behest, each of Trump’s sons will join the former president in exile.

They will be forced to pay USD $8 million to the city of New York.

This is on top of the USD $347 million in fines Engoron siphoned from Trump and his executives.

Eric and Don Jr were also slapped with two-year restrictions, leaving me in doubt Letitia James was playing for left field, with a lot of help from Engoron.

By this, I mean taking directions from her superiors, which potentially goes past Soros, all the way up to the Bidens’ handlers in the Oval Office.

Booting the Trump family out of New York (p. 92), by stopping them from doing business, speaks volumes about motive.

As former federal prosecutor Joseph Moreno explained, “there were no victims”, and lender testimony backed Trump’s defence.

“Not only did these banks have no complaints about their dealings with the Trump Organization, they made clear they did not rely on Trump’s valuations and were in fact happy to keep doing business with him.”

Moreno’s assessment is that Letitia James “could [not] produce a party that was damaged by Trump’s actions; she had to make it up.”

These, he said, are the actions of a “vindicative politician wielding the law enforcement power of the state to destroy her enemy.”

Responding to the outcome, Donald Trump Jr remarked,

“We’ve reached the point where your political beliefs combined with what venue your case is heard are the primary determinants of the outcome, not the facts of the case!”

I would argue that Engoron’s excuses — alongside Letitia James’ affiliations — raise a ton of red flags about how far the Left is willing to go in weaponising the judiciary against political opponents.

Under the shadow of all this, the obvious question is, can democracy survive the far-left extremists who claim to be “saving it”?


Photo: Wikimedia Commons

We need your help. The continued existence of the Daily Declaration depends on the generosity of readers like you. Donate now. The Daily Declaration is committed to keeping our site free of advertising so we can stay independent and continue to stand for the truth.

Fake news and censorship make the work of the Canberra Declaration and our Christian news site the Daily Declaration more important than ever. Take a stand for family, faith, freedom, life, and truth. Support us as we shine a light in the darkness. Donate now.


  1. Jillian Stirling 20 February 2024 at 11:04 am - Reply

    There goes the US in a cascade orchestrated by Soros.
    RIP I hope and pray that President Trump and his family can appeal to the supreme court and get justice.

    • Rod 22 February 2024 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      They’re said to be appealing. However, reports have recalled Letitia James as saying, she’s confident she’ll win (again).

      I think it’ll depend on where the case it tried, and heard.

      Engoron should resign over this partisan ruling.

  2. Kim Beazley 20 February 2024 at 11:48 am - Reply

    By the logic of this ruling, when taken to its most absurd conclusion, every single instance where someone sells their home for more than what it is valued at, they would be guilty of theft.

    As Trump rightly said of this case, the only consequence was that the banks made a lot of money from the loans they gave him on the back of those valuations now deemed inflated.

    The US is becoming a global laughing stock through first the politicising then the weaponising of both the legal profession and the security services. The separation of powers has ceased to be anything but a facade. It ceased to be operative a long time ago.

    • Rod 22 February 2024 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      I agree. Even in Australia the separation of the legislative, judicial and executive, have been welded together. Hence the ‘globalist’ tagline trending from time to time in pieces critical of it.

      I liked what Ruskhan Fernando said:

      “President Trump becomes first man fined by a court for paying back loans on time with interest to banks that want to do more business with him.”

      Now, not only has the Activist General in-charged, Letitia James gloated about taking down the Trump business – potentially hurting thousands of employees – she’s threatening to the take Trump’s properties.

      That’s a further precedent here that we should all be concerned about.

  3. Warwick Marsh 20 February 2024 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Extremely well written and well-argued article about a legal hit job on a political opponent!!! The play by William Shakespeare called “Much Ado About Nothing” comes to mind after reading these ridiculous accusations.

    • Rod 22 February 2024 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Shakespeare’s coolest comedy. 🙂

Leave A Comment

Recent Articles

Use your voice today to protect

Faith · Family · Freedom · Life



The Daily Declaration is an Australian Christian news site dedicated to providing a voice for Christian values in the public square. Our vision is to see the revitalisation of our Judeo-Christian values for the common good. We are non-profit, independent, crowdfunded, and provide Christian news for a growing audience across Australia, Asia, and the South Pacific. The opinions of our contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily Declaration.
Read More.