New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, on Wednesday took the dramatic step of filing a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his three grown children, accusing them of devaluing assets to get better rates on loans, insurance policies and taxes.
James’ case is a civil case, not a criminal one. That and barring Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump for five years from serving as executives at any New York company or the Trump Organization from buying any commercial real estate or taking loans from New York financial institutions. year
The lawsuit is the result of a multi-year investigation by James and comes less than 50 days before the midterm elections.
Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, said the case is not focused on facts or law.
“[R]Rather, it focuses solely on advancing the Attorney General’s political agenda. It is abundantly clear that the Attorney General’s Office exceeded its statutory authority by conducting transactions where there was absolutely no wrongdoing,” Habba said in a statement.
“We are confident that our justice system will not stand for this unchecked abuse of authority, and we look forward to defending our clients against each of the Attorney General’s meritless claims.”
Donald Trump Jr. was even more on point, tweeting, “The damn witch-hunt continues!” His tweet was accompanied by a video of James vowing to sue Trump.
The magical dame-hunt continues! pic.twitter.com/FQM0MZt6Wp
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 21, 2022
Trump Jr. tweeted another video of James calling Trump an “illegitimate president” and saying he was looking forward to “sue him and go home.”
“I look forward to going to the attorney general’s office every day… to prosecute him… and then going home.” -Letitia James
Letitia James has disarmed her office for political gain. pic.twitter.com/LsXJeKUMF4
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) September 21, 2022
He also called her an “existential threat” and “crazy”.
“This president is an existential threat to all of us in this room…the number one problem in this country is defeating Donald Trump. Nothing else matters,” he says.
Eric Trump tweeted a recap of his comments, adding: “Not a political “witch hunt?!” What a joke…
Political “not a witch hunt?!” what a joke… pic.twitter.com/dzuGaW9vNy
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 21, 2022
Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Banks called James “desperate.”
“AG Letitia James campaigned to prosecute President Trump and now she is desperate to keep that promise. For the sake of our nation, I hope House Democrats and President Biden come to their senses and condemn this illegal fishing operation,” he said in a statement.
“House Republicans will hold partisan actors posing as law enforcement agents to abuse their power when we regain the majority,” he added.
New York GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy blasted the case as “a shameless political campaign stunt.”
“Tish James’ civil suit against the Trump family 49 days before the election is one of the most blatant political publicity stunts I’ve seen in my lifetime. Recent polling confirms that voters are keeping him and his fellow Democrats in the party, and as we’ve seen consistently from Democrats in New York, they have no problem breaking the law or trampling on our Constitution and holding on to power,” he added:
Day after day, Tish James ignores the blatant corruption of her fellow Democrats and the criminality that beset our state. He engages in the corruption of his own office, launches political attacks against rivals and his relentless obsession with not only the President but his entire family is despicable. This case is not worth the paper it is written on and voters of all stripes should be deeply disturbed by this reckless abuse of power being driven purely for political gain.
According to The Washington PostJames is suing for more than $250 million and has cited possible violations of federal law to the Justice Department and the IRS.
In addition to Trump and his children, the lawsuit names Trump Organization and business executive Allen Weiselberg and controller Jeffrey McConney.