New York, Dec 20 (EFE).- Former President Donald Trump and his company – The Trump Organization – filed a lawsuit against New York state Attorney General Letitia James to try and halt or limit her office’s investigation into his and his firm’s business practices, local media reported Monday.
According to CNN, the lawsuit, presented in federal court, also seeks to prohibit the participation of James in any civil or criminal action against the former president or his company.
On Dec. 15, Trump issued a statement accusing James of trying to “weaponize” her position as New York attorney general against him and his family real estate business, falling back on his habitual claim that all legal actions against him are part of an alleged “witch hunt.”
“Her mission is guided solely by political animus and a desire to harass, intimidate, and retaliate against a private citizen who she views as a political opponent,” the former Republican president’s lawsuit reads.
Meanwhile, James, a Democrat who dropped out of the New York governor’s race earlier this month, issued a statement saying that Trump’s lawsuit will not hinder her investigation.
“The Trump Organization has continually sought to delay our investigation into its business dealings,” the statement reads. “To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization get to dictate if and where they will answer for their actions.”
James’ statement also said that the investigation will continue because nobody is “above the law.”
The Attorney General’s Office is pursuing an investigation against Trump and the Trump Organization to determine if the former president inflated the value of his real estate holdings to obtain financing.
According to local media, James wants to question the ex-president under oath in early January as part of her investigation, something that – evidently – Trump wants to avoid.
If James finds evidence of wrongdoing by Trump and/or the Trump Organization, she could file a civil lawsuit – although she could not bring criminal charges – against him and/or the firm.