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February 17, 2024

Watters on Trump $350M judgment: ‘This is a financial assassination attempt of a political target’

During Friday's episode of Jesse Watters Primetime on Fox News, host Jesse Watters harshly criticized a recent ruling against former president Donald Trump, calling it a "financial assassination" attempt.

The ruling imposed a three-year ban on running a business in the state of New York and ordered him to pay over $350 million in fines, as Breitbart News reported.

Judge Arthur Engoron, who presided over the case was called "a strange guy" by Watters. The accusations were brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who he said had focused more on opposing Trump than on dealing with real criminal matters.

Watters' Take

According to Watters, the original intent of the relevant statute was to take aim at con artists, swindlers, and those peddling false cures.

There are usually obvious victims and losses in these crimes, according to the Fox News host. Watters countered that no one had lodged a complaint in the Trump case -- not even Trump's clients or banks.

He said that Trump and everyone else benefited from the deals, and that Trump himself had paid a lot in taxes while employing thousands of people.

James made assertions about the scale of Trump's properties, including Mar-a-Lago and his Manhattan penthouse, which Watters disputed.

Judge Engoron, whom he called "Judge Nudy," was the target of his criticism because, according to him, he agreed with James and imposed a heavy fine on the Trump Organization.

Limitations on Prosecution

Watters brought attention to the fact that the statute of limitations had already passed in a significant part of the case, according to an appellate court's ruling.

Watters maintained that the larger matter constituted a "financial assassination attempt" on a political figure, even though legal experts anticipated that Trump would most certainly win the appeal.

Comparing the situation to having a "mole" to report any suspected fraud or concerns, Watters voiced his concern about the judge's decision to require independent oversight within the Trump Organization for the next three years.

Watters wrapped up by speculating that Trump's detractors would certainly accuse him of fraud if he were to secure re-election.

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