New York, NY – The New York State Supreme Court Building, which is currently hosting former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial, was evacuated on Wednesday afternoon due to a small fire. The fire, which broke out in the third and fourth-floor stairwell, was reportedly caused by an individual setting court documents ablaze. The incident occurred shortly after the day’s proceedings in Trump’s trial, and the former president was not present in the courthouse at the time of the evacuation.
According to The National Pulse, the fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters, and 17 people suffered minor injuries, with two being taken to a hospital. The man responsible for igniting the documents was arrested, but his identity and motives remain undisclosed.
BREAKING: Documents BURNED in NY Courthouse after Trump Trial, Speculation Explodes— TP Breaking Alerts (@tpbreaking) December 14, 2023
On Wednesday afternoon, following the day’s proceedings in Trump’s trial, a fire broke out, leading to an emergency evacuation of the historic courthouse.
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The lawsuit, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, alleges that the former president exaggerated his wealth on financial statements provided to banks and other entities to secure loans. The trial, presided over by Judge Arthur Engoron, has garnered significant media attention and has been a focal point of political conversation, as Trump is currently leading in recent polls against current President Joe Biden for the 2024 presidential race.
Trump has accused both Attorney General James and Judge Engoron of engaging in a politically motivated abuse of power. In a statement, Trump said, “I know this city better than anybody knows this city. There’s nobody who knows it like I do… What’s going on here is a shame. Our whole system is corrupt. This is corrupt!”
Fire in NYC courthouse hosting Donald Trump's trial leaves 17 injured as three floor are evacuated after person set papers on fire then used a fire extinguisher to put it out— Unlimited L's (@unlimited_ls) December 14, 2023
Three floors of the state's Supreme Court in lower Manhattan had to be evacuated on Wednesday afternoon… pic.twitter.com/Z067FN7qPd
Throughout the trial, Trump’s legal team has presented expert witnesses and testimony from his family members, including his son Eric Trump, who stated, “We have some of the best assets in New York. We’ve never had a default. We’ve never missed a loan payment… This state is going to hell. And it’s because of people like the attorney general of New York.”
Despite the ongoing legal battle, Trump remains confident in his chances of success, saying, “We’re going to win this thing. I promise you we’re going to win it because we haven’t done a damn thing wrong.”
The trial is expected to wrap up before Christmas, with closing arguments set for January, and a final decision in the case is anticipated by the end of this month. The incident involving the courthouse fire has raised questions about the potential impact on the trial’s proceedings and the possible motives of the individual responsible for setting the documents ablaze.
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