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Trump lashes out from the witness stand at judge, NY attorney general as he testifies in fraud trial

NEW YORK - A defiant Donald Trump sparred with a New York judge and slammed the state attorney general suing him Monday, using the witness stand at his civil fraud trial to defend his riches and lash out at a case that imperils his real estate empire.

The former president's barbed testimony spurred the judge to admonish, ''This is not a political rally.''

Trump's long-awaited testimony about property valuations and financial statements was punctuated by personal jabs at state Judge Arthur Engoron, who he said was biased against him, and New York Attorney General Letitia James, whom he derided as a ''political hack.'' He proudly boasted of his real estate business - ''I'm worth billions of dollars more than the financial statements" - and disputed claims that he had deceived banks and insurers.


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