Donald Trump continues to call NY AG Letitia “racist” and a failure.

  • Twice in two days, Donald Trump has publicly called New York AG Letitia James a failure and a ‘racist’.
  • James and Trump are in the thick of the battle over his subpoenas for his testimony and documents.
  • The AG’s three-year investigation could lead to steep fines and possible criminal charges against Trump.

In a bizarre ‘Happy Easter’ post on Sunday, Donald Trump called New York Letitia James ‘racist’ and a “failed gubernatorial candidate”. Easter Monday, he called her those names again.

Leaving aside the dog whistle slur of calling a Black AG a racist, as he first did at a rally in January, James is clearly getting under the skin of the former president.

Here are five good reasons.

1) This 3 year battle is at its absolute peak.

Trump and James have been locked in a battle for three years as the AG probes whether the former president habitually fudged his numbers when applying for loans and tax breaks on behalf of the Trump Organization.

And though a criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office appears to have stalled, the AG’s pursuit of Trump has never been more intense.

Lawyers for both sides are preparing closing arguments – now scheduled for May 11 – for an upcoming appearance at a Manhattan appeals room, where they will argue over his request that he, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. sit for depositions .

Meanwhile, Trump’s team has until Tuesday to file documents opposing what is arguably James’ toughest request yet.

James wants a Manhattan judge to hold Trump in contempt of court and order him to pay his office $10,000 a day until he hands over the personal business documents she says she still owes him. The parties will then appear in court on this issue on April 25.

2) After 900,000 documents, she always wants more.

In multiple court filings and hearings, one of the few points of agreement between Trump and James has been the number of subpoenas the Trump Organization has so far turned over to the AG’s investigation.

“Your honor, we have produced 900,000 documents; 6 million pages,” since James issued his first subpoenas, Trump Organization attorney Lawrence Rosen told a hearing in Manhattan last month. last, citing figures that are not disputed.

For James, asking for more is “harassment”, say Trump lawyers.

“Ms. James has repeatedly and relentlessly harassed plaintiffs with her baseless fishing expeditions,” Trump attorney Alina Habba complained Monday in court papers, the latest filing in Trump’s federal lawsuit seeking to stop the AG’s investigation.

But James does indeed want more — specifically, Trump’s personal business documents.

And so far, Trump has only handed over 10 such documents from his personal business records, the AG complains.

Trump’s side says there are simply no additional documents that would respond to the AG’s subpoena. This, despite Trump’s notoriously computer-averse longtime reliance on paper documents.

“It just defies logic” that there are no other responsive documents, said Jeremy Saland, a white-collar defense attorney who pursued complex financial cases as a Manhattan prosecutor.

“He is a man who claims to be the head of what is supposed to be a multi-billion dollar real estate company.”

3) No detail is too small for James’ microscope

The battle over Trump’s personal business documents — which for the past few years at least were believed to have been stored in filing cabinets at Trump Tower in Manhattan — offers a window into the granularity of James in his search for evidence.

In asking for the $10,000 a day fine, it was not enough to accuse Trump of hiding his personal business records. She also accused her lawyers of hiding the fact that Trump is hiding his personal business documents.

Trump did it, James claims, by omitting a key word, “control,” showing that even a word that doesn’t exist won’t pass James and his team.

James demanded from Trump, by subpoena, all documents “in his possession, custody or control.” Trump’s side responded that the former president “has no document or communication in his possession or custody that is consistent.”

This response “omits any reference to documents under the control of Mr. Trump,” the AG complained in a memo filed April 7.

“There’s a big difference between ‘possession and custody’ and control,” said criminal defense attorney Adam Kaufmann, former chief of investigations at the Manhattan district attorney’s office, noting that Trump could have simply transferred actual possession. of his documents to someone else.

“Omitting documents under Mr. Trump’s ‘control’ – which appears to be intentional – is a glaring omission,” said Kaufmann, of Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss, adding, “Lawyers in the AG’s office are paying attention to details.”

4) Trump met his media match

On TV, on Twitter and in AG press releases, James has been #ResistingTrump for five years now.

Even before his 2018 campaign to be New York’s top law enforcement official, James was unafraid of Trump and the Trump Organization.

“Leading a die-in because we are all being killed by this administration,” James tweeted in August 2017, just eight months into the Trump presidency, according to a defense spreadsheet presented as evidence of bias. alleged policy of the AG.

Even since her election, she has been adept at using television and social media to publicly assert her claim as Trump’s most aggressive legal opponent.

James gave a ‘laugh’ during his appearance on The View in December, after host Joy Behar joked, ‘I believe in Trump in jail,’ according to the spreadsheet, which lists more than two dozen tweets and GA statements. A separate defense timeline also records James’ numerous statements about Trump dating back to 2017.

“She spoke her words so much and took every opportunity to vent her vendetta against Donald Trump and his family, to bring him down,” Habba complained during a hearing in Manhattan in February.

5) James could fine and indict Trump and try to shut down his business

James’ civil investigation spans at least 10 of Trump’s properties and is expected to result in action by his office, likely some time after the case of the Trump family deposition and lawsuit is resolved. federal government against the GA.

The civil investigation could result in a heavy lawsuit seeking to fine or even shut down the Trump Organization altogether, remedies it has successfully sought against the Trump Foundation and unsuccessfully against the NRA.

James also clarified that she had uncovered potential foul play during her years of digging. The AG can press charges if it finds that Trump and others violated state trade and tax laws.

“In a way, he managed — in a mole-kicking way — to dodge so many civil and criminal actions and allegations,” Saland said of Trump.

“And Tish James may be the only law enforcement officer to wield the final blow of the gavel,” he said. “The last person standing in all of this might just be Tish James.”

Trump has repeatedly insisted there was no wrongdoing; two Trump lawyers could not be immediately reached for comment.

On Monday afternoon, James’ director of communications, Delaney Kempner, posted this comment:

“Like all Americans, Donald J. Trump has a right to defend himself in court. However, this attorney general will not be intimidated or intimidated by the former president.

Courts have repeatedly ruled that the bureau’s investigation of Mr. Trump and his financial dealings is legitimate and legal, and Attorney General James will continue to follow the facts and the law wherever they may lead. will deter Justice from pursuing.”

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