Ex-president accused NYC attorney general of ‘obsession’ with political rivals
Former US President Donald Trump responded to a fraud lawsuit against him launched by New York authorities this week, suggesting the case is an act of political persecution by the state’s Democratic Attorney General Letitia James.
Speaking at a campaign rally in North Carolina on Friday on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Ted Budd and other GOP congressional candidates, Trump took a brief aside to address the civil fraud lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday and accuses him of financial embezzlement over a period. for more than a decade.
“This is gross misconduct by the prosecutor,” he told the crowd, then denouncing the costume as an example of “the obsession of the left to target political opponents” while urging the Department of Justice to investigate James for a “abuse of power.”
The lawsuit – which also targets the former president’s adult children, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump – began after a three-year investigation into the Trump Organization, with James’ office saying the company had artificially inflated the value of its assets in order to obtain loans on better terms.
New York state is seeking $250 million in fines for alleged financial crimes and has asked the state Supreme Court to bar Trump and his children from serving as officers or directors of companies based At New York.
The former commander-in-chief, however, insisted on Friday that he had been the victim of “one witch hunt after another” referring to discredited allegations of “collusion” between his 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government, as well as a Democratic-led impeachment proceeding following a much-maligned phone call with the Ukrainian president in 2019 and later to his alleged role in the January 6, 2021 riots at the United States Capitol. Trump suggested the recent lawsuit was also based on dubious allegations, claiming “These prosecutors are out of control. They are mad.
Steve Bannon, a former Trump aide and former one of his most staunch allies, also faces fraud charges in New York state, accused of defrauding donors who contributed to a private fund for build a fence on the US-Mexico border that never came to fruition. Trump himself has repeatedly promised to “build the wall” to stem the tide of illegal migration into the country, but has only succeeded in fortifying small sections of the border, which has seen an even larger influx of migrants since President Joe Biden took office.
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