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White powder letter sent to Trump judge at Manhattan chambers, source says

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A letter with white powder was sent to the Manhattan chambers of Arthur Engoron, the judge in Donald Trump’s $454 million-dollar civil fraud judgment, on Wednesday, the same day the former president’s attorneys filed a $1,800 motion to stay the ruling, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Judge Arthur Engoron’s mail is all pre-screened daily, so he never came into contact with the letter. The source says it was addressed to him at 60 Centre Street in a standard business-sized envelope.

Two court staffers were exposed to the powder, according to the source, but did not immediately appear to have been harmed by their exposure. There was also a letter to the judge in the envelope, the source said.

Trump’s attorneys have filed a motion to stay Engoron’s judgment, which they say is “unprecedented and punitive.”

The former president’s lawyers filed a notice of appeal Monday asking the state’s mid-level appeals court to overturn Engoron’s Feb. 16 verdict in Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit.

Trump’s lawyers wrote in court papers that they’re asking the appeals court to decide whether Engoron “committed errors of law and/or fact” and whether he abused his discretion and/or his jurisdiction.

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Engoron found that Trump, his company and top executives, including his sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr., schemed for years to deceive banks and insurers by inflating his wealth on financial statements used to secure loans and make deals. Among other penalties, the judge put strict limitations on the ability of Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, to do business.

The appeal ensures that the legal fight over Trump’s business practices will persist into the thick of the presidential primary season, and likely beyond, as he tries to clinch the Republican presidential nomination in his quest to retake the White House.

If upheld, Engoron’s ruling will force Trump to give up a sizable chunk of his fortune. Engoron ordered Trump to pay $355 million in penalties, but with interest the total has grown to nearly $454 million. That total increases by nearly $112,000 per day until he pays.

Source: NBC New York

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