Former president Donald Trump Lawsuit filed against New York attorney General Letitia James on Monday to block their civil investigation into whether the real estate mogul presented false property values to potential lenders.
The lawsuit alleges James’ investigation is politically motivated and asks a judge to cease the work of the Attorney General, The New York Times reported. The suit arrives more than a week after Just reported that James would try Trump summons for questioning next month.
“Her mission is guided solely by political animus and the desire to harass, intimidate and avenge a private individual whom she regards as a political opponent,” the lawsuit said reads, per the Just.
James retired from the New York governor’s race on December 9 and plans to run for re-election for her job as New York State Attorney General instead.
James said in a statement that Trump would not dictate the course of her investigation, although she did not make it clear whether she was considering her investigation into the former Republican president when she took her hat out of the ring.
“The Trump Organization has continually tried to delay our investigations into their business relationships and now Donald Trump and his company of the same name have filed a lawsuit in an attempted collateral attack on that investigation,” James said in a statement. “To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization can dictate whether and where they will answer for their actions. Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law, not even someone by the name of Trump. “
The Attorney General’s civil investigation, which began in March 2019, is similar to a separate Manhattan District Attorney investigation Cyrus Vance, Who earlier this year accused Trump organization and his CFO, Allen Weißelberg. According to the indictment, Weißelberg evaded taxes in order to score $ 1.76 million in perks, like a luxury apartment on the Upper West Side, rented out Mercedes-Benz and private school lessons for his relatives.
Trump was not charged in the context of Vance’s investigation and was not individually charged with misconduct. A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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