Trump Spent Weekend Stewing That ‘Wiseguy’ DeSantis Won’t Kiss His Ring
Former President Donald Trump spent the long MLK Day weekend in reflection but not on anything related to the civil rights icon. Instead, he was fixated on one burning question, according to two people familiar with the matter: “Is he being a wiseguy?” The “wiseguy” was none other than Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a fellow Sunshine State resident and Republican Party star who just last week had gently dinged part of Trump’s record as president.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general wants to put a stop to former President Donald Trump's attempted end-run around a yearslong civil investigation into his business practices, asking a judge Wednesday to dismiss his lawsuit aimed at halting the probe. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Former President Donald Trump prepares to provide commentary for a boxing event headlined by former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, Sept. 11, 2021, in Hollywood, Fla. New York's attorney general Letitia James asked a judge Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 to dismiss a lawsuit by Trump aimed at halting her yearslong probe into his business practices. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
Attorney General Letitia James argued in court papers that Trump's lawsuit, filed last month in federal court in upstate New York, is a sudden “collateral attack” on her investigation — designed in part to shield him from a recent subpoena.
New York attorney general's office says it has identified numerous 'misleading statements and omissions' in Trump Org. financial statements
New York Attorney General Letitia James' office says it needs the testimony of former President Donald Trump and two of his adult children to determine their knowledge of what investigators say they have identified as numerous "misleading statements and omissions" in tax submissions and financial statements used to obtain loans. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images People walk by Trump Tower on September 26, 2019 in New York City.
James, a Democrat, said there was no legal basis for Trump's lawsuit and no evidence to support the Republican's claim that the probe is purely political. She also said there's no role for a federal court to intervene in an investigation that's been overseen in part by a state court judge.
In a statement responding to Wednesday’s court filing, Trump lawyer Alina Habba said, “Once again, Letitia James fails to address her egregious and unethical conduct in her weak response to our complaint.”
Before the subpoena, Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, complied with the investigation and never challenged the underlying legal basis for the investigation or the attorney general’s office’s legal authority to conduct it, James said in the court papers.
Donald Trump Caught in Pincer Move Following 'Significant' Updates to Jan. 6, Fraud Probes
Trump's legal team, including Rudy Giuliani, was subpoenaed in Capitol attack investigation, just before Letitia James released new details of her inquiryThere were major updates Tuesday into both the congressional committee investigation into the Capitol attack and the inquiry into allegations the Trump Organization fraudulently inflated the value of assets to get benefits such as better bank loans and undervalued them to reduce tax bills.
James called claims in the lawsuit that her investigation wasn't lawful or justified a “complete about-face,” after Trump previously agreed to turn over his 2014-2019 income tax returns to her office, while his company provided more than 900,000 documents and testimony from more than a dozen current and former employees. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a rally in support of home care workers in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. James asked a judge Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 to dismiss a lawsuit by former President Donald Trump aimed at halting her yearslong probe into his business practices. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Trump contends in the lawsuit that James' investigation into matters, including his company’s valuation of assets, violated his constitutional rights in a “thinly-veiled effort to publicly malign Trump and his associates.”
Analysis: Supreme Court ruling is a bitter legal and personal blow to Trump
The Supreme Court's refusal to block the release of Trump White House documents to the House January 6 committee represents a huge defeat for the ex-President's frantic effort to cover up his 2021 coup attempt. © Evan Vucci/AP The major blow on Wednesday -- yet another instance of the courts rebuking Donald Trump's attempts to use them for his own political gain -- will allow the committee to go even deeper inside his West Wing and understand what was going on before and during his mob's attack on the US Capitol.
The lawsuit describes James as having “personal disdain” for Trump, pointing to numerous statements she’s made about him, including her boast that her office sued his administration 76 times and tweets during her 2018 campaign that she had her “eyes on Trump Tower” and that Trump was “running out of time.”
In fighting subpoenas James issued to Trump and his two eldest children, Trump’s lawyers have argued that any testimony they give in her civil investigation could be used against them in a parallel criminal investigation being overseen by the Manhattan district attorney's office.
Trump is seeking a permanent injunction barring James from investigating him and preventing her from being involved in any “civil or criminal” investigations against him and his company, such as a parallel criminal probe she’s a part of that’s being led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Although the civil investigation is separate, James’ office has been involved in both.
Trump also wants a judge to declare that James violated his free speech and due process rights. A conference in the case is scheduled for March 21 in Albany before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel.
Right-wing lawyer Sidney Powell 'is cooperating' with federal criminal probe into fundraising
A lawyer for Sidney Powell, a well-known, Trump-connected attorney, acknowledged that her organization's fundraising connected to the 2020 election is subject to an ongoing federal criminal investigation. © Ben Margot/AP/FILE FILE - Attorney Sidney Powell speaks during a rally on Dec. 2, 2020, in Alpharetta, Ga. Powell and eight other lawyers allied with former President Donald Trump were ordered Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, to pay Detroit and Michigan $175,000 in sanctions for abusing the court system with a sham lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results.
In a state court filing last week seeking to force Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. to comply with subpoenas, James' office said it had uncovered evidence the Trump Organization used “fraudulent or misleading” valuations of its golf clubs, skyscrapers and other property to get loans and tax benefits.
James said her office hasn't decided whether to bring a lawsuit in connection with the allegations, but that investigators should be allowed to question Trump and his two eldest children under oath as part of the probe. A state court judge, Arthur Engoron, has scheduled arguments in the subpoena dispute for Feb. 17.
In Wednesday's court filing, James pushed back at Trump's contention that her investigation is political, saying her public statements also pertained to litigation her office brought on behalf of state residents, such as a lawsuit challenging his plans for the 2020 census and a lawsuit that led to the closure of Trump's charity over misspending concerns.
Allegations of political bias based on “snippets of press releases, tweets, and public appearances” are legally insufficient and ”do not support a plausible inference that the investigation lacks any objective, reasonable basis," James' office said in its motion to dismiss.
James announced a run for New York governor in late October but suspended her campaign in December, citing ongoing investigations in her decision to instead seek reelection as state attorney general.
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Texas Rally-Goers Say They 'Miss' Trump's Tweets, Want to Take Back Country 'for God' .
One supporter told RSBN that Satan is controlling the government, while another promoted flat-Earth beliefs.Trump is slated to take the stage Saturday in Conroe, Texas, at around 7 p.m. local time, with the "Save America Rally" expected to draw thousands of supporters to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. A number of those in attendance promoted conspiracy theories, while others sold unique pro-Trump items and waved large banners and flags in support of the former president.