‘Raging Maniac’ Letitia James needs to be ‘banned’ from legal profession: Trump

Former President Donald Trump railed against New York Attorney General Letitia James at a rally in North Carolina, saying she should be shunned from the legal profession for potentially filing a lawsuit. paralyzing against him.

At a rally in Wilmington on Friday for his Republican choices for Congress, Trump lashed out over his mounting legal troubles, nominating James. The AG on Wednesday announced a $250 million civil lawsuit against the former president for alleged lies about the value of his assets in order to obtain larger bank loans and lower tax bills. Trump said the “baseless, abusive and depraved” lawsuit was part of other efforts to target him politically.

“This rabid maniac campaigned for the office to rant and rave about his goal,” Trump told the crowd. “Her only goal is to get Donald Trump. We’re going to get her. She didn’t know anything about me. I never heard of her.”

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a Save America rally at the Aero Center Wilmington on September 23, 2022 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Trump said at the rally that New York Attorney General Letitia James should be disbarred for targeting him with a lawsuit.
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Trump suggested James was using the lawsuit for political gain in a potentially close re-election race against Republican Michael Henry.

Trump said President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) should instead “investigate Letitia James for her appalling and malicious abuse of power,” adding that “she not only deserves to lose, she deserves to be. removed from office immediately.” disbarred and banned forever from the legal profession.”

James’ lawsuit targets Trump as well as three of his children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump – and two senior Trump Organization executives. The result of a lengthy investigation, the lawsuit alleges that Trump and his company “knowingly and intentionally” filed more than 200 false and misleading asset appraisals between 2011 and 2021.

Properties subject to the lawsuit include Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump Tower in New York and what was formerly the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

James’ office called some of Trump’s claims “absurd.” Among other things, the lawsuit alleges that Trump valued his Trump Tower triplex apartment at $327 million on financial statements prepared in 2015 and 2016, based on claims that it was nearly 30,000 square feet, so that it was actually about a third of the size.

“In short, he lied to gain massive financial benefits for himself,” James said in a press release announcing the trial.

In addition to financial penalties, James said the lawsuit seeks a permanent ban on Trumps from running businesses in New York state and bars the former president and his organization from buying commercial real estate in the state. State for five years. James added that his office is making a criminal referral to the DOJ.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer turned critic, Told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace said Friday that James’ trial “feels like an open and closed case.” Cohen, who cooperated on the case with James’s office, said Trump would eventually face criminal charges from the IRS and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Trump said Friday that James’ trial was “gross misconduct by the prosecutor,” repeating his criticism of other investigations he faces.

“And it comes in so many different forms, whether it’s in Atlanta, whether it’s from Washington, DC, whether it’s January 6, in many different forms,” ​​he said. “There has never been a time like this.”

Trump was referring to the multiple investigations he faces.

Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis is investigating Trump and his allies for allegedly interfering with the state’s 2020 election results. Meanwhile, the House special committee investigating Jan. 6 has focused on Trump’s inner circle. The DOJ is also investigating whether Trump illegally removed classified White House documents and stored them in places such as Mar-a-Lago.

Newsweek contacted James’ office for comment.


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