Donald Trump sues NY Attorney General Letitia James in bid to halt probe of his business
TIM BALK New York Daily News |
New York — Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Monday against New York state Attorney General Letitia James in an attempt to halt her long-running civil probe into possible fraud by the former president’s sprawling business.
The suit, which arrived after James’ office requested testimony from Trump, paints the investigation as politically motivated and claims James’ office issued “overreaching and irrelevant” subpoenas.
James, a Democrat who dropped out of the New York governor’s race this month, opened the investigation into the Trump Organization in 2019 after Michael Cohen, Trump’s onetime lawyer, said the Queens-born Republican had inflated his assets in financial documents.
James’ office is also working with the Manhattan district attorney in a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization. The lawsuit filed Monday said James’ probes are “guided solely by political animus and a desire to harass, intimidate, and retaliate against a private citizen who she views as a political opponent.”