Trump Files Lawsuit against New York AG Letitia James
'Her mission is guided solely by political animus and a desire to harass'
President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against New York State Attorney General Letitia James in an effort to stop her political investigation into his private business affairs.
The 45th president's lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York.
The New York Times reported:
“Her mission is guided solely by political animus and a desire to harass, intimidate, and retaliate against a private citizen who she views as a political opponent."
AG James's civil investigation focuses on whether or not Trump inflated the value of his assets.
The AG also announced plans to subpoena Trump to testify in the investigation.
But Trump called her probe a political stunt.
Trump wrote in a statement on Wednesday:
“Letitia James wants to politically weaponize her position as Attorney General instead of exemplifying impartiality and protecting the interests of all New Yorkers."
Trump also blasted the investigation as a “witch hunt” and “prosecutorial misconduct.”
“[S]he should focus her attention on helping to resurrect the once Great State of New York where crime and poverty continue to wreak havoc, with murder, rape, drug sales, and just about every other form of crime at record levels, and now with a just-announced highest unemployment rate in the Nation,” Trump wrote.
James’s office has been investigating alleged violations by the Trump Organization over-inflation of assets.
As Neon Nettle reported earlier this year:
The Trump Organization was already informed about the status change for the investigation in late April, The Washington Post reported.
Both James and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. are Democrats.
Vance’s office has been investigating the Trump Organization since 2018, the Post reported.
As James’ office pursued civil charges, the potential risk to the Trump Organization was believed to be only financial.
But the change in status to a criminal case raises the possibility of other penalties for any Trump Organization officials, should they be convicted of a crime, the Post reported.