Trump sues NY attorney general in the hope of halting her investigation

Trump sues NY attorney general in the hope of halting her investigation
Letitia James in 2017, Wikimedia Commons

New York State Attorney General Letitia James has been consistently aggressive in her investigations of former President Donald Trump, who, New York Times reports, has filed a lawsuit against her office.

According to Times reporters Jonah Bromwich, Ben Protess and William Rashbaum, “The suit, filed in federal court in Upstate New York by Mr. Trump and his family real estate business, argues that Ms. James’s inquiry, which has lasted more than two years, has violated Mr. Trump’s constitutional rights. Mr. Trump and his lawyers have long argued that the investigation was politically motivated; the lawsuit asks a judge to agree, and to stop the investigation."

Trump’s lawsuit, the Times reports, claims that James is being vindictive in her probe of the Trump Organization and that 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.”

Allen Weisselberg, long-time chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, is facing tax fraud charges from New York State. However, Donald Trump himself has not been charged with anything. James recently dropped out of New York State’s gubernatorial election, saying that her work as attorney general needs to be her top priority.

In a statement announcing that decision, James explained, “I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general. There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job.”

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