On Monday, August 20, former US President Donald Trump sued Letitia James, New York Attorney General, demanding to cease the civil fraud investigation within his company.
Shortly after the report was released that James’s office would work towards questioning Trump as to scrutinize whether or not the Trump Organization, led by Donald Trump and headquartered in Trump Tower, New York City, manipulated its real estate properties valuations, Trump filed a lawsuit in Syracuse, New York’s federal court.
Alina Habba, Trump’s attorney, said in a statement: “By filing this lawsuit, we intend to not only hold her accountable for her blatant constitutional violations, but to stop her bitter crusade to punish her political opponent in its tracks.”
Trump and the company, the complainant of the case, claim that it is a politically motivated investigation and that James has transgressed their rights under the US constitution.
“Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law, not even someone with the name Trump,” James said as a reply in a statement.
This civil investigation is affiliated but is independent to an over-three-year-old Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s criminal investigation of Trump Organization’s business activities, which James joined later in May of 2021.
It covers whether or not the Trump Organization has worked on a few real estate assets valuation overstatements to secure loans and tax benefits.
However, the company and Allen Weisselberg, longstanding chief financial officer, pleaded not guilty in July to criminal charges deemed by prosecutor in Vance’s office to be a “sweeping and audacious” 15-year tax fraud.
In the recent lawsuit that the Trump Organization filed, Trump accused James to be a Democratic guerilla motivated by bias as Trump is a Republican. He is pointing out the General Attorney’s remarks opposed to the former president prior to her installment on the position.