Former U.S. President Donald Trump is facing a storm of legal challenges as a New York judge, Arthur Engoron, recently ruled that the Trump Organization engaged in "widespread fraud."
The ruling comes ahead of a $250 million civil fraud trial set to begin next month.
Trump took to social media to express his outrage, labeling the judge a "political hack" and defending the valuation of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
This week, Judge Engoron found that Trump and his organization submitted fraudulent valuations for assets, including Mar-a-Lago, to secure more favorable loan and insurance terms.
This ruling has set the stage for a challenging legal battle for Trump, who is already facing multiple investigations and lawsuits.
Trump's fiery response
Not one to remain silent, Trump lashed out on Truth Social, his social media platform.
He criticized the judge's valuation of Mar-a-Lago and claimed that the judge's actions "must be stopped."
Trump also argued that he could not have defrauded banks as he has always made his payments and the banks have profited from their agreements with him.
The ruling adds another layer of complexity to Trump's legal woes. It also raises questions about the credibility of his financial statements, which he claims are "conservatively stated."
Trump insists that he is worth "billions more," but this latest ruling could potentially undermine that claim.