In a recent legal blow to Donald J. Trump, a federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the former president trying to suspend a civil investigation into his business practices by the Attorney General of New York.
Albany’s federal court ruling was Mr. Trump’s second defeat in connection with the two-day investigation.Thursday, Court of Appeals Ordered Mr. Trump and his two children to sit for cross-examination Under an oath from the office of State Attorney General Letitia James.
Together, the ruling reveals a way for James to complete her investigation in the coming weeks or months. Democrat James seeking reelection is not authorized to file criminal charges against Mr. Trump or his family’s real estate business, but if she concludes that she has committed fraud, she will file a proceeding. I can.
Last month, one of her lawyers said the office was preparing “enforcement measures” in the near future, indicating that the proceedings could come soon.
It is unclear if Mr. Trump will appeal either decision.His lawyer did not Respond to comment requests.
“The court has revealed that Donald J. Trump’s unfounded legal challenge cannot stop our legitimate investigation into the financial transactions between him and the Trump organization,” James said in a statement. Said. “No one in this country can choose how the law applies to them, and Donald Trump is no exception. As I’ve always said, we continue this investigation unwaveringly. increase.”
Mr. Trump’s lawyer filed a federal proceeding in DecemberMr. James’s public criticism of Mr. Trump, and the subpoena she issued to him and his company violated some of his constitutional rights, including the right to free speech and due process. Insisted.
In Friday’s ruling, federal judge Brenda K. Sannes rejected Mr. Trump’s allegations that James’ investigation was a political motivation and she violated his rights.
Mr. Trump’s proceedings quoted a series of public statements by Mr. James criticizing him, including a 2017 tweet that she declared “leading resistance to Donald Trump in New York.” ..
James’ official statement may reflect political or personal hostility to Mr. Trump, but the judge is not sufficient to prove that the Attorney General has infringed Mr. Trump’s rights. Said that.
Judge Sannes also said, “There is no evidence that the subpoena enforcement process was done in a way that constitutes harassment.”
Mr. Trump denied all cheating, blew up Mr. James, and called her investigation a “witch hunt.”
Understanding Trump’s Inquiries in New York AG
An empire under scrutiny. Attorney General of New York Letitia James is currently conducting a civil investigation into the business practices of former President Donald J. Trump. Here’s what you need to know:
Her research focuses on his annual financial statements, including estimates of his golf courses, hotels and other assets. James is scrutinizing whether Trump and his company have mistakenly and fraudulently inflated these values to secure loans and other monetary gains.
In a court filing this year, James revealed: Mr. Trump’s longtime accounting firm had cut off his relationship with him And essentially withdrew the financial statements for nearly a decade.
She also claimed in another filing that the Trump organization was engaged in “fraudulent or misleading” practices. However, her lawyer said she needed to collect additional records and testimony, especially from Mr. Trump, before deciding whether to file a proceeding.
Last month, Manhattan State Judge Arthur F. Engoron, Mr. Trump was accused of contempt of court Because he did not fully obey the subpoena for James’ personal record. (Recent judge Announced insult orderAfter Mr. Trump paid a $ 110,000 fine and submitted an additional document detailing his efforts to comply. )
Judge Engoron also ordered Mr. Trump and his two children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, to be interviewed under an oath from Mr. James’s office. In Thursday’s ruling, the New York State Court of Appeals upheld the order.
While James is escalating a civil investigation, Trump is also facing a criminal investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on some of the same business practices that James is considering.
But while the criminal investigation continued, the prosecutor said Earlier this year, he stopped submitting evidence about Mr. Trump to the grand jury...