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Trumps File Motion For NY AG Letitia James to Recuse Herself From Her Own Investigation Into Them

Trumps File Motion For NY AG Letitia James to Recuse Herself From Her Own Investigation Into Them

Donald Trump and the Trump Organization filed a motion Monday for a preliminary injunction against New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigations into the business, accusing her of “unconstitutional” abuse of process.

Trump is seeking a stay in the civil investigation by the AG office into the family business while the outcome of his lawsuit against James is pending, or for James to “recuse herself from involvement in any capacity in the active civil and criminal investigation,” according to the filing.

 

[US President-elect Donald Trump along with his son Donald, Jr., arrive for a press conference at Trump Tower in New York, as Allen Weisselberg (C), chief financial officer of The Trump, looks on January 11, 2017. Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images]
The Trump lawsuit seeks to stop the probe into whether the Trump Organization engaged in financial fraud by submitting false property valuations to reduce its tax burden. The Trump Organization faces a similar criminal investigation from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

The motion, filed in the Northern District of New York, accuses the Democratic attorney general of overreach and launching a “politically motivated attack,” saying the investigation constitutes a “co-mingling of joint criminal and civil investigations” into the Trump Organization which the Trumps find “highly prejudicial.” The new filing is in direct response to the escalation in the civil investigation into the Trump Organization’s business practices. James had issued subpoenas in December for two of Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump, both of whom have already refused to comply and have filed their own motions to quash those subpoenas. Eric Trump has already sat for his own depositions in the investigation.

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“By playing both sides, she is able to cherry-pick her investigatory methods — civil or criminal — in a calculated manner to, for example, leverage a Fifth Amendment assertion and obtain an adverse inference,” the filing alleges. James said in a statement that “neither Donald Trump nor the Trump Organization get to dictate if and where they will answer for their actions.”

“Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law, not even someone with the name Trump,” James added.

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