Breaking: Trump Sues NY Attorney General
On Monday, former President Donald Trump filed a federal lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) in an effort to block her civil investigation into his business practices.
Trump’s lawyers filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, asking a judge to end James’ probe.
“The investigations commenced by James are in no way connected to legitimate law enforcement goals, but rather, are merely a thinly-veiled effort to publicly malign Trump and his associates,” the complaint read.
“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.”
The suit comes two years into James’s investigation into whether Trump’s business illegally inflated its assets to attract investors and lenders and obtain tax breaks. The probe is parallel with a criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr. (D).
James put out a statement on Monday.
“The Trump Organization has continually sought to delay our investigation into its business dealings and now Donald Trump and his namesake company have filed a lawsuit as an attempted collateral attack on that investigation,” James said.
“To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization get to dictate if and where they will answer for their actions. Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law, not even someone with the name Trump.”
Trump issued a statement on Monday afternoon.
“This is not about delay, this is about our Constitution,” Trump said in the statement. “You are nothing but a corrupt official doing the dirty work of your party. You should not be in office. This could well be the reason you were just rejected by the people of NY in your inept run for governor. You didn’t quit for a higher purpose, you quit because your poll numbers were atrocious—you didn’t have a chance. New York got lucky!”