On Tuesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron began day two of the trial by addressing the confusion surrounding former President Donald Trump’s claim that 80% of a fraud case against him had been dismissed.
After a court hearing on Monday, the former president told reporters that Engoron had ‘overruled’ himself and would knock out ‘80%’ of the case.
“We very much appreciate the judge’s decision today — or his statement today — on the statute of limitations, which is a very big thing,” Trump asserted.
However, the judge smacked down that claim by clarifying his previous remarks.
“Every use of a [false] statement of financial condition in business starts the statute of limitations running again,” the judge explained, according to The Messenger’s Adam Klasfeld, who was present in the courtroom on Tuesday when Engoron clarified his remarks.
Engoron had previously characterized defense arguments on the statute of limitations as “a bizarre, invented, inverted form of the ‘relation back’ doctrine.”