Former President Donald Trump alleges that New York Attorney General Letitia James has a personal vendetta against him. Trump claims James has abused her position and fixated on how to bring charges against him while crime spirals out of control in New York City.
After filing multiple suits against Trump, the tables have been turned, and James finds herself facing legal challenges as the Trump team filed a lawsuit against her — accusing the attorney general of harassment.
New York City’s latest lawsuit against Trump seeks a quarter billion dollars in damages. According to a press release from the attorney general’s office, James spearheaded the $250 million lawsuit against Trump and his family members. An excerpt from the Sept. 21 press release reads:
“The lawsuit alleges that Donald Trump, with the help of his children Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump, and senior executives at the Trump Organization, falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to induce banks to lend money to the Trump Organization on more favorable terms than would otherwise have been available to the company, to satisfy continuing loan covenants, to induce insurers to provide insurance coverage for higher limits and at lower premiums, and to gain tax benefits, among other things.”
On Wednesday, Trump responded with a lawsuit against James, who identifies as a progressive Democrat. Trump’s attorneys filed the suit in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Trump announced the suit in several posts on his Truth Social platform:
“Today, I filed a lawsuit in Florida State Circuit Court against the corrupt Attorney General of New York State, Letitia ‘Peekaboo’ James,” Trump wrote.
“New York State is one of the most crime-ridden places on earth with murders, robberies, drug deals, and every other form of crime setting records on a weekly basis.”
Trump continued, “While James does nothing to protect New York against these violent crimes and criminals, she attacks great and upstanding businesses which have done nothing wrong, like the very successful, job and tax producing Trump Organization that I have painstakingly built over a long period of years.”
Trump added: “Crooked and highly partisan James now thinks it is the business of the State of New York to go after my revocable trust and pry into my private estate plan, only to look for ways to recklessly injure me, my family, my businesses, and my tens of millions of supporters.”
Trump charged that James was playing politics and abusing her position as attorney general.
“If I were not elected President of the United States, and now leading in the polls by substantial margins against both Democrats and Republicans, this would not be happening. We have to stand up for our Country, fight against illegal persecution, and Make America Great Again!,” he wrote.
An excerpt from the strongly worded suit reads:
“Extraordinary wrongdoing requires extraordinary relief. As set forth below, James has repeatedly abused her position as Attorney General for the State of New York to pursue a relentless, pernicious, public, and unapologetic crusade against President Trump, a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida, with the stated goal of destroying him personally, financially, and politically.”
The lawsuit asserts that James is “an individual guided solely by political animus and a desire to harass, intimidate, and retaliate against President Trump” and has launched a “war of intimidation and harassment on President Trump, his family, his business interests, and his associates.”
The suit adds that James is “driven by deep animosity for [Trump] personally and an obsessive denial that he had the right to hold public office.”
The suit cites James’ frequent use of anti-Trump comments to further her election. In damning language, the suit claims that the attorney general “began making threats against President Trump before she was even elected, at a time when she possessed no actual information or insight into President Trump’s business. She campaigned for her position on the promise to weaponize her resources against President Trump and ‘anyone in [his] orbit.'”
The suit adds: “During her unsuccessful bid for governor of New York, she boasted about suing him ’76 times.’ Now up for reelection as Attorney General, she is campaigning once again on the promise that if reelected she will continue her vitriolic and obsessive pursuit of President Trump. None of these actions are proper actions for a state Attorney General.”
The filing concludes: “But what began as a cartoonish, thinly-veiled effort to publicly malign President Trump for personal political gain has morphed into a plot to obtain control of a global private enterprise ultimately owned by a Florida revocable trust in which President Trump is the settlor.”
Axios reported that Trump lost his last lawsuit against James, which was filed in federal court in New York state, which is possibly why this suit was filed in more Trump-friendly Florida.
Axios also reported that James was “not worried” about Trump’s suit. A representative from her office said:
“Multiple judges have dismissed Donald Trump’s baseless attempts to evade justice, and no number of lawsuits will deter us from pursuing this fraud.”
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