Trump prepares for verdict in New York civil fraud trial, which could be announced Friday: Report

 February 14, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has a huge week ahead as far as his legal issues are concerned.

According to NBC News, Trump could finally see the verdict in the $370 million civil fraud case out of New York regarding his company.

A source familiar with the situation reportedly told NBC News that Judge Arthur Engoron will reveal the verdict by the end of this week.

"It is currently anticipated the Engoron decision will be released on Friday, barring unforeseen circumstances," the source reportedly told the outlet.

The judge in the case had originally said that a verdict would be released by the end of January, but a court spokesperson moved the date to mid-February.

NBC News noted:

The highly anticipated ruling will cap a trial that started Oct. 2 and included testimony from the former president and his three oldest children, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump. Closing arguments in the case, in which state Attorney General Letitia James' office alleged Trump and top officials committed persistent fraud by inflating financial statements, took place Jan. 11.

The judge has already decided that fraud was committed on Trump's behalf but will now decide to what degree Trump and the Trump Organization will face penalty-wise.

Social media users offered mixed reactions and predictions regarding the news of the upcoming verdict, with Trump supporters insisting that it's simply another political witch hunt and anti-Trumpers hoping for the max penalty.

"It will be another ridiculous judgment because it's blatantly political prosecution," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "Another case that will be overturned on appeal due to massive judicial misconduct and no crime being committed!"

Trump has already had a busy week, case-wise. On Monday, he had a closed-door hearing regarding his federal classified documents case brought forth by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

On Thursday, he appeared at New York criminal court regarding the case brought against him by DA Alvin Bragg over alleged hush money payments he made prior to his election to the White House.

Only time will tell how much he'll be on the hook for in the civil fraud case.