Someone ignited a fire at the New York State Supreme Court Building, prompting the activation of fire alarms and necessitating an immediate evacuation. According to Al Baker, a court spokesperson, the individual was discovered incinerating documents inside of the courtroom.
The little fire was ignited at the Lower Manhattan landmark shortly after 4 p.m., prompting a swift response from firefighters who promptly extinguished the flames. According to MSN, a transient yet discernible haze permeated the stairs on the third and fourth floors.
Over a period of around three months, the renowned courthouse has been utilized as the location for the trial of President Donald Trump regarding allegations of civil business fraud. Following the conclusion of the day’s evidence, the evacuation took place several hours later.
The New York City Fire Department firefighters documented a total of 17 minor injuries, with two individuals being sent to a hospital located in the downtown area. The majority of them refused medical intervention.
The individuals who were evacuated from the building, including Judge Arthur Engoron, were permitted to reenter the premises shortly thereafter. The evacuation of the courthouse did not take place during Trump’s presence. The trial’s attorneys will present their concluding arguments next month.
In recent weeks, Alina Habba, the attorney for Trump, strongly criticized New York AG Letitia James for initiating the $250 million case against Trump.
James is spearheading the case against Trump and his adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, alleging that they manipulated the business’s value to secure more advantageous loan terms and interest rates.
“She’s just not that bright. I’m sorry, I have to say it,” Habba conveyed to Newsmax TV, further stating her skepticism over the strength of James’ legal argument. “I’ve seen their case; I’ve seen their lawyers. They don’t know what they’re talking about.”
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Judge Engoron, who is overseeing the case, already determined in September that Trump was culpable of deceiving banks. However, he has displayed overt animosity towards him and his legal team during the ongoing trial.
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“Just because a bank who’s giving you a loan says it’s worth what the loan amount is, which is what happens when anybody takes a loan out, they’re never going to say the real value,” she explained, as reported by The Hill. “They’re going to say what they want to say and not a penny more, or what the loan amount is and not a penny more.”
“She needs to educate herself, maybe go to some — I don’t even know how to express how ridiculous this is,” Habba added. “It’s like being in a circus with a bunch of — I mean, what I want to say I can’t say on TV, but it’s crazy. You know, it’s just ridiculous. Anybody with a brain understands that this is just completely insane.”
Earlier this week, Trump personally testified and engaged in many confrontations with Engoron throughout the nearly four-hour session. In addition, he made derogatory remarks about James, who was present in the courtroom.
Although there have been numerous predictions that Engoron will ultimately declare Trump guilty, Habba stated earlier this month that the prospect of the former president being incarcerated is “not even something we think about.”
When Carl Higbie from Newsmax inquired whether Trump could face imprisonment for violating a gag order, Habba responded, “He’s protected by Secret Service, period.”
“So, I always tell people when they’re panicked, ‘Listen, he’s protected by Secret Service, number one. Number two, he did nothing wrong.’ So, when people go to jail, it’s because they’ve done something wrong. Do we have crooked situations in and out of court? Absolutely. Could they try? Probably, but it won’t work because there is still a trial process, there is still facts, and unfortunately, they’re not going to win on the facts,” she further explained.
She further stated: “Secret Service will always protect President Trump. That’s the truth, they have to wherever he is, but it’s not even something we think about, to be honest, because this is all political. It’s really not— there’s no criminal acts that he’s done. There’s no civil wrongs that he’s done, unless making money for banks is a civil wrong all of a sudden.”
“Orange man bad,” Higbie said, to which Habba remarked, “It’s Trump derangement syndrome at its best. I’m not worried about him, he’s not worried, and the American public shouldn’t be worried.”
Last Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari to review an appeal on former President Donald Trump’s claim of presidential immunity in the ongoing prosecution led by Special Counsel Jack Smith and overseen by DC Federal Judge Tanya Chutkan. In the evening, the Trump team commenced their celebration.
According to Steven Cheung, a spokesperson of the Trump campaign, “This is a big win for President Trump and our rule of law, as it derails Deranged Jack Smith’s rush to judgment strategy of interfering in the 2024 Presidential Election in support of Joe Biden’s campaign.”