Former President Trump is suing the “crooked and highly partisan” attorney general of New York State.
His statement attests that Attorney General Letitia James, whom he has dubbed ‘Peekaboo’, is abusing her power in order to “recklessly injure” him, his business, and his family.
Trump’s announcement comes after James announced a $250 million civil suit aimed at Trump, his business, and his three eldest children. The lawsuit is based upon the contention that Trump dishonestly inflated his wealth by billions in order to secure lucrative loans for the Trump Organization and to “cheat the system.”
The filing has ramifications beyond just financial penalties, however. If James were to succeed, Trump would be permanently barred from doing business in the state of New York.
The former president announced his planned retaliation to his 4.4 million followers in a thread on his social media app, Truth Social, accusing James of being corrupt and “attacking great and upstanding businesses which have done nothing wrong.”
“Crooked and highly partisan James now thinks it is the business of the state of New York to go after my revocable trust and pry into my private estate plan, only to look for ways to recklessly injure me, my family, my businesses, and my tens of millions of supporters,” Trump wrote on Wednesday.
His statement chided James for her record on crime as well, saying that New York is “one of the most crime-ridden places on earth with murders, robberies, drug deals, and every other form of crime setting records on a weekly basis.”
The reactionary suit begins by stating, “Extraordinary wrongdoing requires extraordinary relief,” and accuses the attorney general of pursuing a self-gratifying vendetta against the former president. “James has repeatedly abused her position as Attorney General for the State of New York to pursue a relentless, pernicious, public, and unapologetic crusade against President Trump, a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida, with the stated goal of destroying him personally, financially, and politically,” the preliminary statement read.
The lawsuit claims that James is acting in a manner to inflate her own status, and is following her own blind partisanship, stating that immediately upon taking office James instituted a “policy of intimidating and harassing President Trump whenever possible.”
“James’ war of intimidation and harassment on President Trump, his family, his business interests, and his associates is longstanding and continuing. James campaigned for Attorney General on the promise of launching investigations of President Trump before even the pretext of a predicate existed. Since her election, she made good on those campaign promises and established within her office a policy of intimidating and harassing President Trump whenever possible. These crusades began shortly after President Trump became President of the United States and have continued since he returned to his residence in Palm Beach County, Florida,” the filing continued.
The lawsuit, which in large parts reads like Trump’s threads on social media, attacks James’ character as well as the legal action taken by her office. “In truth, James knows that no restitution is owed but seeks only attention for herself and retribution against President Trump.”
To evince these claims it stated that before she had any evidence of misdeeds, James campaigned on the promise that she would “weaponize her resources against President Trump” and anyone in his circle. “During her unsuccessful bid for governor of New York, she boasted about suing him “76 times” the lawsuit added and continued to characterize her prosecution of Trump as “vitriolic” and “obsessive.”
A spokesperson from the office of the attorney general told Insider that “no number of lawsuits will deter” her from suing the Palm Beach resident. “We sued Donald Trump because he committed extensive financial fraud,” the spokesperson said, referring to the allegations made in September. “That fact hasn’t changed, and neither will our resolve to ensure that no matter how powerful or political one might be, no one is above the law.”
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