By MICHAEL R. SISAK
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump have asked for a mistrial in the New York civil fraud case that threatens the former president’s real estate empire. His team accuses the judge of tainting the proceedings with “tangible and overwhelming” bias. Their motion filed Wednesday argues that Judge Arthur Engoron had irreparably harmed Trump’s right to a fair trial through “astonishing departures from ordinary standards of impartiality.” They cited his rulings against their client as well as the prominent role played by the judge’s chief law clerk. Engoron gave lawyers for New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office until Thursday to decide whether they’ll file a response before he rules.