New York (NY) Attorney General Letitia James asked a federal judge on Jan. 26 to dismiss former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit that aims to block her years-long investigation into potential fraud in his company.
In papers filed in federal court, James argued that the court should decline to hear the case because Trump has not sought to appeal any of the state court rulings ordering his company to comply with the investigation.
“At no point, despite having ample opportunity to do so in the NY Proceeding, did the Trump Organization or Mr. Trump ever challenge the underlying legal basis for the Investigation or [Office of the Attorney General’s] statutory authority to conduct the Investigation. Until now — only after Mr. Trump was served with a subpoena,” the court document said.
Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump were also subpoenaed.
In December, Trump filed his lawsuit, arguing that the investigation was “politically motivated.”
However, in James’ recent court filings, she disputed the claim that the investigation was politically motivated, saying that her office “uncovered substantial evidence establishing numerous misrepresentations in Mr. Trump’s financial statements provided to banks, insurers, and the Internal Revenue Service.”
James also said that Trump and his company acknowledged the legitimacy of the investigation as they have largely complied with it for nearly three years.
James further argued that the case should be dismissed for failure to state a claim.
“We will not be deterred by frivolous lawsuits and will continue to follow the facts of this case because no one is above the law,” James said in a statement.
In a statement to NBC News, Trump’s Attorney Alina Habba said that James “fails to address her egregious and unethical conduct in her weak response to our complaint.”
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