Trump’s lawsuit against Letitia James is dismissed

In the latest legal blow to Donald J. Trump, a federal judge on Friday dismissed the former president’s lawsuit aimed at stopping the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices.

The verdict, in Federal Court in Albany, was Mr. Trump’s second defeat is related to the investigation in two days. On Thursday, the Court of Appeals ordered Mr. Trump and two of his sons sit for questioning under oath from the office of the state attorney general, Leticia James.

Together, the provisions pave the way for the lady. James will complete her investigation in the coming weeks or months. while mrs. James, a Democrat seeking re-election, does not have the authority to file criminal charges against Mr. Trump or his family’s real estate business, she can file a lawsuit if she concludes they committed fraud.

Last month, one of her lawyers suggested a lawsuit could be filed soon, saying the office was preparing for “executive action” in the near future.

It is unclear whether mr. Trump plans to appeal either ruling. His lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“The courts have made clear that baseless legal challenges by Donald J. Trump cannot stop our legal investigation into his financial dealings and those of the Trump Organization,” the lady said. James said in a statement. Not everyone in this country can pick and choose how the law is applied to them, and Donald Trump is no exception. As we have said all along, we will continue this investigation unchecked.”

lawyers mr. Trump filed the federal lawsuit in December, arguing that Ms. James’ public criticism of Mr. Trump, and the subpoenas it issued to him and his company, violated many of his constitutional rights, including the right to free speech and due process.

In Friday’s ruling, Federal District Judge Brenda K. Trump’s claim that Ms. James’ investigation was politically motivated and that she had violated his rights.

the master. Trump’s lawsuit was cited by a series of Ms. James’ public statements criticizing mr. Trump, including a 2017 tweet declaring that she was “leading the resistance against Donald Trump in New York City.”

while mrs. James’ public statements could reflect political or personal hostility toward Mr. The judge said Trump’s comments were not enough to prove that the attorney general violated Mr. Trump. Trump rights.

Nor did Judge Sans find “any evidence that the proceedings to enforce the subpoena were conducted in a manner that constituted harassment.”

the master. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and criticized Ms. James, describing her investigation as a “witch hunt.”

Her investigations focus on his annual financial statements, which contain estimated values ​​of golf courses, hotels and other properties. Ms. james checks whether mr. Trump and his company have wrongly – and fraudulently – inflated these values ​​to secure loans and other financial benefits.

In a lawsuit this year, Ms. James revealed that mr. Trump’s longtime accounting firm cut ties with him and essentially retracted nearly decade-old financial statements.

It also argued, in a separate filing, that the Trump Organization has engaged in “fraudulent or misleading” practices. But her lawyer said they needed to collect additional records and testimony from Mr. Trump in particular, before they decided to file a lawsuit.

Last month, a state judge in Manhattan, Arthur F. Engoron, detained Mr. Trump in contempt of court for failing to fully comply with Mrs. James’ subpoena seeks his personal records. (The judge recently issued the contempt order, after Mr. Trump paid a $110,000 fine and submitted additional documents.)

Judge Engoron also ordered Mr. Trump – In addition to his two sons, Donald Trump Jr. And Ivanka Trump – will be interviewing Ms. James office. The New York State Court of Appeals, in its ruling on Thursday, upheld that order.

as mrs. James escalates her civil investigation, Mr. Trump also faces a criminal investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office into some of the same business practices. James reviews.

But while the criminal investigation continued, prosecutors stopped providing evidence about Mr. Trump before a grand jury early this year.

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