But one former Justice Department official had a blunt assessment when asked about the former president’s chances of success in that appeal.
Trump’s attorneys now have just one “kind of strong” argument in that civil case: Real estate valuations fluctuate all the time.
But even that one has two serious problems.
First, he said that argument tends to work only when there are minor variations, such as valuing a condo at $100,000 that then sells for $105,000.
“This is nowhere like that,” Katyal said, noting Trump claimed, for example, that his 10,000-square-foot penthouse was actually 33,000 square feet.
“He got it wrong by massive, massive numbers,” he said.
Katyal said the other problem is that all the errors in valuations were in his favor.
“It’d be one thing if the valuation differences sometimes hurt him and other times helped him,” he said. “But they always helped him, every time.”
He said that means there’s a “very rocky road” ahead for Trump’s defense attorneys.
See the full segment, which includes civil rights attorney Maya Wiley, below: