Trump sues AG to stop investigation into his real estate business – Trade Observer
Former president donald trump filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney GeneralI Letitia James on Monday in a bid to block his civil investigation into whether the real estate mogul had submitted false property values to potential lenders.
The lawsuit claims James’ investigation is politically motivated and asks a judge to stop the work of the attorney general, The New York Times reported. The costume arrives more than a week after the Time signaled that James would attempt to subpoena Trump for questioning next month.
“The investigations initiated by James are in no way related to legitimate law enforcement objectives, but rather are a thinly veiled effort to publicly slander Trump and his associates,” the lawsuit states. “Her mission is driven solely by political animosity and a desire to harass, intimidate and retaliate against a private citizen whom she views as a political opponent.”
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, called the investigation “partisan” and said in a statement that the purpose of the prosecution was to stop the “bitter crusade to punish his political adversary”.
james dropped out of the race for Governor of New York on Dec. 9, and plans to run for re-election for her position as New York State Attorney General, saying she has dropped out to complete “a number of ongoing significant investigations and cases.”
James said in a statement that Trump would not dictate the course of her investigation, although she did not specify whether her investigation of the former Republican president was the one she envisioned when taking her hat off the ring.
“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 in a statement. “To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization can dictate if and where they will be held accountable. Our investigation will continue undeterred as no one is above the law, not even someone named Trump.
The attorney general’s civil investigation, which began in March 2019, is similar to a separate investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney. Cyrus Vance, Who earlier this year charged the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg. According to the indictment, Weisselberg evaded taxes to score $1.76 million in benefits, like a luxury apartment on the Upper West Side, rented Mercedes-Benzes and private school tuition for loved ones.
Trump has not been charged in connection with Vance’s investigation and has not been individually charged with wrongdoing. A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Update: This story has been updated to include statements from Trump’s attorney and James.
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