Unable to persuade the Florida lawyers to step aside on Wednesday, Trump Organization General Counsel Alan Garten then took aim at Mr. Epshteyn, blaming him in an email to Mr. Epshteyn and other attorneys for the filing of the lawsuit, the people said. with knowledge of the discussion. Frustrations with Mr. Epshteyn among some of Mr. Trump’s other aides and representatives had been simmering for months and boiled over with the new lawsuit.
Another attorney for Mr. Trump, Christopher M. Kise, a former Florida solicitor general, also opposed filing the lawsuit on Wednesday. And Mr Trump’s legal team in New York has expressed concern that the trial in Florida could undermine their defense in Ms James’ case, costing them credibility with the New York attorney general’s office and the judge in charge. of the case, people familiar with the case. said.
Indeed, on Thursday, Ms. James filed a letter with the New York judge, saying that Mr. Trump’s trial in Florida demonstrated that the former president was “attempting to protect key documents governing the structure of his business conglomerate and the ownership of its business assets”. of the exam.
A person close to Mr Trump who was briefed on the lawsuit in Florida insisted it was meritorious because Ms James had focused on Mr Trump’s revocable trust, a legal entity that owns the Trump organization, and Florida laws governing trusts and wills are relevant. .
In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said that Ms. James was seeking to “attack 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. millions of fans.
A spokeswoman for Ms James said in a statement that “several judges have dismissed Donald Trump’s baseless attempts to evade justice, and no number of lawsuits will deter us from pursuing this fraud.”
“We have sued Donald Trump because he committed significant financial fraud,” the statement said. “That fact has not changed.”