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Ultimate question: What happens if Trump can't Secure a Bond for his $464M civil fraud Judgment?

Ultimate question: What happens if Trump can't Secure a Bond for his $464M civil fraud Judgment?
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In the wake of a staggering $464 million civil fraud judgment, former President Donald Trump faces a financial conundrum that threatens to unravel his personal finances and jeopardize his real estate empire.

Trump's legal team has expressed that securing a bond for the full amount is a "practical impossibility," casting a shadow of uncertainty over the future of his assets.

The judgment, which stems from a decade-long fraudulent business practice of inflating net worth, has put Trump and his sons in a precarious position.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has been at the forefront of the case, could potentially freeze Trump's bank accounts and begin collecting rent from his properties if the bond is not secured.

Trump's attorneys have disclosed that over 30 insurance companies have declined to accept Trump's cash and properties as collateral.

This has raised concerns about the former president's ability to satisfy the judgment without resorting to drastic measures such as selling properties at "fire sale prices".

Should Trump fail to secure the bond, the New York Attorney General's office could ask the court to auction off Trump's trophy properties, including iconic holdings like 40 Wall Street, Doral Miami, and Mar-a-Lago.

This would be an unprecedented move, given the complexity of Trump's financial structures and the potential for protracted legal battles.

In a recent statement, Trump defended the financial strength of his company, hinting at the possibility of being "guided by the courts" in his decision about posting a bond.

He alluded to the billions of dollars in value and properties he holds, yet acknowledged the challenge posed by the judgment.

As the deadline for securing the bond looms, the world watches with bated breath to see how one of the largest judgments in New York history will be enforced against a former president.

The outcome of this legal entanglement could have far-reaching implications for Trump's business dealings and political aspirations.