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New York AG Letitia James has ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’

Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, accusing him of implementing a “policy of intimidation and harassment” in his investigation into his business practices.

The lawsuit, filed in Florida state court, alleges James’ investigation of the Trump Organization is politically motivated and not supported by evidence.

“After more than three years of official investigation, targeted public attacks, and millions of dollars and thousands of hours spent, it is clear that neither President Trump nor any of President Trump’s companies have laundered money in any way,” the lawsuit reads. signed by Trump’s lawyers on Wednesday.

Former President Donald Trump and professional golfer Sergio Garcia are seen on the golf course on October 27, 2022 in Doral, Florida. Trump on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James for his investigation into his business practices.
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“[The] The defendant fabricated the allegations out of thin air, making it clear that even after taking office and launching investigations, her desire to sue President Trump was driven by prejudice, political animosity and the most serious case of Down Syndrome. Trump inconvenience – not facts!” the suit continued.

The term “Trump Derangement Syndrome” has been used by the former president in the past to refer to those who have “been driven mad due to their dislike of Trump,” CNN reported. Its roots go back to a term used by columnist Charles Krauthammer in 2003, who wrote about “Bush Derangement Syndrome” in reference to then-President George W. Bush.

Trump continued to deny James’ allegations that his companies lied about their assets, either inflating them to get better loans or understating them to avoid higher taxes. James began his investigation of the Trump Organization in 2019 and formally sued the company in September this year.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Trump’s legal team says James campaigned for attorney general in 2018 on a “promise to target” the Trump Organization before she could have had “any knowledge of any “Trump-related real estate transactions” at the time. … as she had not yet been elected Attorney General and had no information or insight into President Trump’s affairs other than what she had presumably seen in the media.”

Trump’s team also alleges that James’ investigation violated Trump’s right to privacy and argues that Florida’s “constitutional right to privacy protects the disclosure of financial information of private persons s ‘there is no relevant or compelling reason to require disclosure’.

“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,” Trump wrote in a Truth Social article on Wednesday.

Trump’s lawsuit also alleges that James conducted a politically motivated investigation “as violent crime soars and residents lack basic security in many places” in New York City. The former president also doubled down on his claims on his Truth Social account, writing that New York “is one of the most criminal places in the world.”

“While James is doing nothing to protect New York from these violent crimes and criminals, she is attacking great, honest companies…that have done nothing wrong, like the hugely successful jobs-and-profits-producing Trump Organization. taxes, which I have painstakingly built over a long period of years,” Trump’s message continued.

On October 13, James’ office filed an injunction to “restrain Donald Trump and the Trump Organization from continuing to engage in substantial fraudulent and illegal business activity”, which, if granted, would restrain the Trump Organization from to transfer assets to another entity. without court approval.

CNN reports that a New York state judge originally scheduled a hearing for James’ injunction to occur on October 31.

Newsweek contacted James’ office for comment.


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