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Donald Trump has mentioned that being hit with a $350m judgement following his current excessive profile fraud case was “a form of Navalny,” in reference to the jailing and obvious homicide of the late Russian dissident.

The former president mentioned that the ruling by New York decide Arthur Engoron – who he described as a “nut job” – was “a form of communism or fascism”.

On Friday, Judge Engoron discovered that Mr Trump, his sons, their Trump Organization associates and Trump properties had been responsible for tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars}. Mr Trump — in addition to his firms and his belief — had been ordered to pay greater than $350m — plus curiosity — whereas his sons had been every ordered to pay roughly $4m.

Mr Trump took half in a city corridor occasion, hosted by Fox News, in Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday. During the occasion he was requested about his numerous ongoing court docket circumstances, in addition to the surprising demise of Alexei Navalny, a long-time political critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin has denied involvement in Navalny’s demise and mentioned that Western claims that Mr Putin was accountable are unacceptable.

Mr Trump – who expressed admiration for Mr Putin throughout his 2017-2021 White House tenure and afterward – beforehand mentioned in a submit on his platform TruthSocial that the demise of Navalny had made him “aware of what was happening in our Country”.

Mr Trump took half in a city corridor occasion, hosted by Fox News, in Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday

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Asked about Navalny’s demise on Tuesday night, he replied: “It’s a very sad situation and he was very brave.

“He was a very brave guy because he went back [to Russia]he could have stayed away, and frankly, probably would have been a lot better off staying away and talking from outside of the country as opposed to having to go back in because people thought that could happen, and it did happen.”

However, he was fast to match the information to his personal scenario, including: “It’s a horrible thing, but it’s happening in our country too.

“We are turning into a communist country in many ways, and if you look at it, I’m the leading candidate. I’d never heard of being indicted before, I got indicted four times, I have eight or nine trials – all because of the fact that I’m in politics.”

The former president was additionally requested if felt like he was liable to changing into a “political prisoner”, following the a number of lawsuits being introduced in opposition to him. He as soon as once more singled out the judgement handed down by Mr Engoron.

“It’s a form of Navalny,” he mentioned, including “It is a form of communism or fascism. The guy [Mr Engoron] is a nut job. I’ve known this for a long time and I’ve said it openly.

Trump speaks with moderator Laura Ingraham of Fox News

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“No jury, no anything. Letitia James is a horrible Attorney General in New York, [she] campaigned on ‘I will get Trump. I will get Trump’. We went through a trial. It turned out we’re totally innocent on everything and he fined me $355 million plus interest.”

Despite Mr Trump’s temporary reward of Navalny on Tuesday, the Russian activist had been much less reciprocal – having issued a chilling warning about what a second presidential time period for Mr Trump may imply in one in all his remaining letters earlier than he died.

According to The New York Timeswhich collected collectively a few of the late Russian dissident’s correspondence from jail, Navalny described the prospect as “really scary”.

In one 3 December letter to Evgeny Feldman, a photographer who lined his tried run for president in 2018 and now lives in exile in Latvia, Navalny wrote that he feared that if something ought to occur to President Joe Biden – a definite chance, he felt, given the American’s superior age – “Trump will become president”.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-alexei-navalny-fraud-penalty-b2499607.html