The trial of Donald J. Trump for allegedly committing fraud in New York has officially begun, and the potential outcome is far-reaching. The trial is connected to the president’s handling of a contract between his non-profit organization and the city of New York, specifically regarding a real estate development in the city, the Trump SoHo Hotel. The developers were accused of using false business projections and hollow promises to secure a whopping $250 million tax break, which is now at the center of the trial.
Donald Trump has faced numerous allegations during his presidency, but this trial could be one of the largest yet. Trump is accused of having knowledge of his organization’s fraudulent activity and failing to disclose it to the city of New York. If he is found guilty of fraud, he could face hefty fines, disqualification from public office, or even criminal charges. For this reason, Trump is fighting the charges tooth and nail. His personal lawyers and a team of attorneys are doing everything they can to get the case dismissed.
The proceedings of the trial have been far from ordinary. Due to social distancing protocols in place to mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19, the trial is largely being conducted online. Trump’s team is relying on Zoom meetings to submit their motions and challenge the evidence. The prosecution also has the unique challenge of this unusual tactical approach and must present their case to the court remotely.
Regardless of the unusual circumstances, the trial is now underway and the court is expected to reach a verdict soon. A decision in the case could have a lasting impact on the president’s political career and change the way corporations, particularly those related to the president, operate in New York City for years to come.