Why does failed one-term, twice-impeached, and multiply-indicted former president Donald Trump continue to show up at his New York fraud trial even though he isn’t required to and may not even testify on his own behalf for fear he’ll commit multiple counts of perjury?
According to conservative attorney George Conway, the answer is simple: The disgraced ex-president is terrified he’s about to lose everything he owns if a massive financial settlement is awarded to the state.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday morning, Conway was asked by co-host Mika Brzezinski, “Am I wrong in my analysis that he is showing up at this civil fraud trial a lot because this one gets him where it really hurts?”
He added, “That’s his essence. I think that he’s just terrified that, you know, he’s not going to have the Trump Tower, he’s not going to have all the things he has bragged about for decades, for his 60, you know, for six decades. It’s going to be gone.”
‘He won’t be able to run a business, and the question is, how much money is he going to be allowed to keep from that?” Conway said. “That, to him, is striking at the core of Donald Trump.”
Conway also addressed the increasing court fines imposed on Trump by New York Judge Arthur Engoron for violating a gag order. Will those fines continue to increase?
“Yes. The fines can get bigger and bigger,” Conway said. “One method that has been used by courts in the past to enforce criminal contempt sanctions or civil contempt sanctions is to keep increasing the fines geometrically. You know, 1000, 10,000, 100,000. Justice Engoron could keep ramping those figures up. He certainly has a record to do that, having basically had Trump violate the order multiple times right under the just the judge’s nose in the courthouse.”