Former President Donald Trump sued New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday, accusing him of waging a “crusade” against him and his “great and honest corporations that have done nothing wrong.”
The lawsuit, filed in Florida’s Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, comes amid James’ own lawsuit alleging decades of fraud by the former president and his family business. The attorney general has asked a court to appoint a watchdog or monitor to review a Trump trust that holds property in the Trump Organization as his case progresses.
Trump vehemently opposed the request, calling it a politically motivated overreach and arguing that she has no jurisdiction over the matter because the trust is “governed by Florida law.” Lawyers for the former president said James had engaged in a “war of intimidation and harassment” designed to “steal, destroy or control anything related to Trump.”
“Twisted and very partisan James now thinks it’s New York State’s business to go after my revocable trust and dig into my private estate plan only to look for ways to recklessly hurt me, my family, my businesses and my tens. of millions of supporters,” Trump wrote on his Truth social media platform. “If I weren’t elected President of the United States, and now leading the polls by substantial margins against Democrats and Republicans, this wouldn’t be happening.”
In a statement Wednesday, James’ office highlighted other lawsuits against Trump that have been dismissed in recent months, promising the attorney general would continue her work.
“We sued Donald Trump because he committed significant financial fraud,” his office told Axios. “That fact has not changed, and our determination to ensure that no matter how powerful or political, no one is above the law either.”
James filed a civil lawsuit against Trump, three of his adult children and the Trump Organization in September, accusing the former president of “staggering” levels of fraud. The attorney general said in the lawsuit that Trump and his family business lied to lenders and insurance companies, overvaluing his assets by billions of dollars to obtain favorable loans.
James’ office hopes to see Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump banned from doing business in New York State, as well as have them pay about $250 million in restitution. His office does not have the authority to file criminal charges, but referred the case to federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
“Donald Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and deceive the system, thereby deceiving all of us,” the attorney general said at the time.
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