Former President Donald Trump has blamed “prosecutorial misconduct” for New York Lawyer Normal Letitia James’ push to have him held in contempt for refusing to show over paperwork.
James introduced on Thursday that she was taking authorized motion towards Trump for failing to adjust to a subpoena she issued as a part of New York State’s civil investigation into his monetary dealings. The legal professional basic filed a movement for contempt with the New York County State Supreme Court docket, searching for to superb the previous president $10,000 for each day that he persists in refusing to provide paperwork.
A short while later, Trump issued a assertion that argued he was a sufferer of “horrible and unfair political harassment and persecution,” whereas describing James’ contempt cost as a “violation of my civil rights.”
“This is just a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt of all time, by a failed Attorney General, who continues to use her office for political gain following a disastrous and embarrassing attempt to run for Governor,” Trump’s assertion reads. “This Democrat prosecutorial misconduct began the second I came down the escalator in Trump Tower, and has continued in an attempt to silence a President who is leading in every single poll.”
“I’ve been investigated by the Democrats more than Billy the Kid, Jesse James, and Al Capone, combined,” it continues. “This has been going on for years, and in all cases, I have been innocent…. Letitia James is no longer working as Attorney General, she is an operative for the Democrat Party in a political prosecution. New York has been through hell, and she is an embarrassment to our legal system.”
Trump’s assertion additionally touted his file as a “popular former President.” A Gallup ballot launched on the finish of Trump’s presidency discovered that he had the bottom approval ranking of any president ever polled, ending at 34 % approval by the point he left workplace.
The investigation led by James is concentrated on allegations that the Trump Group artificially altered the worth of its belongings for monetary achieve. She subpoenaed Trump to provide related paperwork earlier this yr however he refused to conform and launched objections to the subpoena.
New York Supreme Court docket Justice Arthur Engoron rejected Trump’s objections and ordered the previous president to “comply in full” with the subpoena. Trump launched a brand new rounded of objections on the day of the prolonged deadline to conform, March 31. James’ workplace issued a press release calling the brand new objections “baseless.”
The legal professional basic’s investigation is going on alongside a parallel legal investigation led by Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg. Earlier this yr, Trump accused James and Bragg, each of whom are Black, of participating in a “political and racist attack” towards him.
When submitting the contempt movement on Thursday, James defined in a assertion that her workplace was “seeking the court’s immediate intervention because no one is above the law.”
“The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our subpoena and turn over relevant documents to my office,” stated James. “Instead of obeying a court order, Mr. Trump is trying to evade it.”
A spokesperson for the Trump Group stated in a press release to Newsweek that the contempt movement was “completely baseless,” describing it as “just more harassment and the latest chapter in the AG’s continued witch hunt.”
The spokesperson added that Trump left the group in 2017 “and any responsive documents were previously provided to the AG by the Trump Organization.”
Newsweek reached out to James’ workplace for remark.