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    Former President Donald Trump stands on the 18th green during the Pro-Am tournament before the LIV Golf series at Trump National Doral, Oct. 27, 2022.Jasen Vinlove | USA Today Sports | Reuters Former President Donald Trump on Friday morning voluntarily dropped a longshot federal lawsuit in Florida against New York's attorney general — a day after the same judge in the case sanctioned him and his lawyer nearly $1 million for filing another, "frivolous" lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and many other defendants. The judge, John Middlebrooks, pointedly noted in a scathing sanction order Thursday evening in the Clinton case that he was also handling Trump's complaint against Attorney General Letitia James in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Middlebrooks ordered Trump, who is seeking the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, and his lawyer Alina Habba to pay Clinton and other defendants around $938,0000 for filing the suit that the judge previously dismissed. Trump's suit had accused Clinton and the others of conspiring to create a false narrative during the 2016 presidential election that his campaign was colluding with...
    Former President Donald Trump has dropped his lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James in the U.S. District court for the Southern District of Florida. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Trump filed the lawsuit against James claiming she had violated his First and 14th Amendment rights by targeting him with her legal action against him and his organization This is a breaking story and will be updated Opinion Biden’s presidency is halfway over — if voters have common sense By: Tom Joyce
    The public entrance to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York.Robert Alexander | Archive Photos | Getty Images A New York court Monday appointed retired Judge Barbara Jones to oversee some of the Trump Organization's financial statements as part of a lawsuit alleging widespread fraud by former President Donald Trump, his businesses and his family members. Both Trump and New York Attorney General Letitia James, who filed the sweeping fraud suit in September, had recommended Jones as their top pick to serve as independent monitor in the case. Jones, who stepped down as a federal judge in early 2013, has been involved in multiple Trump-related legal battles in recent years. In 2018, she was appointed "special master" to identify potential attorney-client privilege claims in the slew of records seized as part of the criminal probe of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney at the time. Last year, Jones was tapped to serve as special master to review materials seized from Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who had also been Trump's personal lawyer. Lawyers for Trump did not...
    Former President Donald Trump went after two of his favorite targets again on Truth Social Friday: a New York judge handling a number of his court cases and New York's Attorney General Letitia James.  Trump called Judge Arthur Engoron a 'highly political, biased Judge, who is totally controlled by my worst enemies.'  'His rulings and manner are SICK,' the ex-president dramatically wrote.  On Thursday, Engoron imposed a monitor of the Trump Organization's financial statements due to the ongoing civil lawsuit alleging fraud by James' office.  'He gave his quick hearing, & ridiculous decision, right before Midterms - A No No!' Trump complained in a Truth Social post dashed off around 7 a.m.  He also engaged in assorted name-calling of James.  'You have a Corrupt, Racist, Weak on Crime Attorney General, Letitia "Peekaboo" James, who campaigned on "I will get Trump, even though she knew NOTHING about me,' he wrote.  Though he said Engoron was 'worse than Peekaboo, and a real "Trump Hater."'  Overnight, Trump targeted the duo as well.  Trump called Engoron a 'Radical Left Lunatic Judge' and suggested he controlled a 'newspaper dedicated...
    The entrance to Trump Tower on 5th Avenue is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 19, 2021.Shannon Stapleton | Reuters A New York state judge has approved the appointment of a special monitor to oversee the Trump Organization's financial statements and reports, and has barred the company from transferring any non-cash assets without notifying the court and state attorney general's office in advance. The ruling from Judge Arthur Engoron on Thursday is a significant blow to Trump and three of his adult children, who were named in a sweeping lawsuit brought in September by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The suit accused the Trumps and other senior Trump Organization officials of decades of fraud related to financial statements. Engoron's written order said the appointment of an independent monitor was justified given the "persistent misrepresentations throughout every one of Mr. Trump's [Statements of Financial Condition] between 20112 and 2021." The monitor would "ensure there is no further fraud or illegality that violates" the New York state law prohibiting fraud.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: ...
    There was an intervention among Donald Trump’s lawyers on Wednesday night, according to New York Times “Trump whisperer” Maggie Haberman and her co-authors. The intervention wasn’t one in which loving family members gathered around to read their letters asking their loved one to get some help. Instead, it was a legal team desperately trying to tell the former president that his “primal scream of a lawsuit” against New York Attorney General Letitia James was ill-advised. It’s been a difficult legal week for Donald Trump where he was forced to settle a long-fought case brought by protesters because the Bronx court couldn’t find any jurors who didn’t hate the former president. The previous week was worse, however, with his fraud case going to trial, the Justice Department bearing down and talking of an indictment after Election Day. Trump’s lawyers tried to tell the Florida lawyers that filing a frivolous lawsuit would not only fail but it could result in legal malpractice. Florida has laws against so-called “frivolous lawsuits,” which could mean that if Trump files one he could be subjected to...
    Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against New York Attorney General Letitia James to prevent her from appointing a watchdog on a revocable trust, saying she is embarking on a "crusade" against him. In the 41-page lawsuit filed in Florida's 15th Judicial Circuit Court, Trump argued that the watchdog would be "prying" because he uses the trust to manage his assets, he said in a statement on Wednesday, per the Hill. TOP FIVE TAKEAWAYS: HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT LETITIA JAMES’S FRAUD LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP “Crooked and highly partisan James now thinks it is the business of the State of New York to go after my revocable trust and pry into my private estate plan, only to look for ways to recklessly injure me, my family, my businesses, and my tens of millions of supporters," Trump wrote. He added that if he were "not elected President of the United States, and now leading in the polls by substantial margins against both Democrats and Republicans, this would not be happening." Trump is also...
    AP Photo/José Luis Villegas Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.New York Attorney General Letitia James asked a judge on Thursday to appoint an independent financial monitor to oversee Donald Trump’s finances until her $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against him is resolved. James cited what she said was ongoing evidence of continuing fraud on the part of Trump and his company, including the creation of an entirely new corporate entity named “Trump Organization II LLC” on September 21, the same day James originally filed her suit. The new company could be part of an attempt to hide assets, James said. James’ lawsuit accuses Trump, his adult children, and his companies of fraudulently manipulating statements detailing the former president’s net worth to get better deals from banks and insurance companies.  “Since we filed this sweeping lawsuit last month, Donald Trump and the Trump Organization have continued those same fraudulent practices and taken measures to evade responsibility,” James said in a statement Thursday. “Today, we are seeking an immediate stop to these...
    The New York Attorney General asked a judge on Thursday to immediately freeze the Trump Organization from moving its assets out of the state, anticipating that former President Donald Trump might shift money away from his business to protect it from the AG’s $250 million lawsuit against the family company. AG Letitia James is also asking to have a court monitor immediately oversee the company’s financial activities to prevent it from continuing to misrepresent assets and liabilities on bank loan applications. Her office’s court filing on Thursday claims that Trump and one of his adult executive sons, Eric Trump, continue to dodge a court process server to avoid being officially notified of the impending lawsuit. It’s the latest sign that Trump is relying on his previous legal tactic of delaying the investigation at every turn. “The Trump Organization offered no assurances” that it would not transfer large sums of money out of the state while the case is pending, her office claimed in a court filing. Last month, James concluded her office’s three-year investigation into the Trumps that explored...
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Warren, Michigan, U.S., October 1, 2022. Dieu-nalio Chery | Reutersm The New York Attorney General's Office on Thursday asked a judge to bar former President Donald Trump from moving his businesses to a new holding company amid a pending civil lawsuit accusing him, three of his children, and the Trump Organization of widespread fraud. That request is spurred by concerns that the AG's office would have difficulty getting Trump to pay a fine, if he loses the suit, as a result of his assets being held by a company that is not named as a defendant in the case. On Sept. 21, the same day that Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump and the other defendants, her office saw that the Trump Organization had registered a new company. James also Thursday asked the Manhattan Supreme Court judge to order Trump not to use a new statement of his business' financial conditions in dealings with banks. "Our investigation uncovered the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization engaged in significant fraud...
    New York’s Attorney General is planning to put the Trumps and their family company on trial for business fraud next year, according to a letter the AG’s office submitted in court on Thursday. In that Thursday court filing, New York AG Letitia James’ office disclosed its intention to fast-track its new $250 million civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization, citing it as a reason why the case should remain in the hands of the New York state judge who is already intimately familiar with the investigation. “OAG intends to seek an expedited preliminary conference to set a trial date before the end of 2023. Allowing for an expedited trial schedule on an enforcement proceeding after extensive litigation over subpoena enforcement is precisely the circumstance that warrants keeping this case before Justice Engoron in the interests of judicial economy,” wrote assistant attorney general Kevin Wallace, one of the investigators on the case. Former President Donald Trump and the heirs to his real estate and marketing empire—Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric—engaged in delay tactics that severely slowed down the investigation for...
    Former President Donald Trump’s legal headaches escalated when, on September 21, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced that she had filed a civil lawsuit against the former president, the Trump Organization and three of his children — Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump — for allegedly making “false and misleading valuations of assets.” Law professor Kimberly Wehle, who teaches at the University of Baltimore, examines this lawsuit in an article published by the conservative website The Bulwark on September 26 and explains why it could have “serious financial implications for the Trumps and the Trump Organization.” “Although a trial date is likely years off,” Wehle explains, “Trump has reason to worry that the law might actually stick this time around. Bottom line: The State of New York alleges that the defendants, in their dealings with banks and insurance companies, grossly and fraudulently inflated their assets by billions of dollars — over 200 separate times — in order ‘to induce banks to lend money to the Trump Organization on more favorable terms than would otherwise have been...
    by William A. Jacobson   The New York Attorney General’s Office is a powerful institution, comprised of over 650 assistant attorney generals and 1,700 employees, with statutory criminal and civil enforcement authority over almost every aspect of life in the state. With that great power comes great responsibility to be politically neutral, to enforce the laws not for political gain and not to exact political revenge. Concerns over past prosecutorial abuse of power led to the creation in 2021 of the New York Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct, designed to hold prosecutors “to the highest ethical standards in the exercise of their duties.” Political neutrality of prosecutors in the conduct of their duties is at the core of what our system of justice should look like. Unfortunately, political neutrality is not what Attorney General Letitia James has delivered. Instead, James ran for office on a promise to get Donald Trump on something, anything, and has conducted herself in office to exact political revenge on the former president, his businesses, and his family. Her legion of prosecutors and investigators have poured over and looked into every nook and...
    MSNBC host Ari Melber dismissed Fox News as a “MAGA snowflake bubble” after Lara Trump appeared on the network. She criticized a lawsuit by the New York attorney general against her family’s company. On Wednesday, New York AG Letitia James announced a $250 million suit against the Trump Organization alleging it overinflated assets to get low-interest loans. It’s also seeking to prevent Trump family members who work for the company from ever running a business in the state again. Lara Trump’s husband Eric Trump serves as an executive vice president at the company his father Donald Trump owns. Melber aired a clip of Lara defending the company on Fox News – several of whose hosts have vehemently criticized James’ actions – earlier in the day. “Sadly this has become commonplace for all of us in the Trump family, this sort of treatment and investigation and these allegations that always end up being false,” Trump said. “And you know what? We’re holding up fine because we know that there was no wrongdoing, that nothing happened here.” Melber turned to attorney and...
    Share this: Donald Trump and his company could face a range of stiff penalties if a court sides with New York’s attorney general in a sprawling fraud lawsuit filed against the former president Wednesday. For now, the Republican isn’t at risk of going to jail. The lawsuit brought by Attorney General Letitia James seeks civil penalties only for what she said was a decade of illicit attempts by Trump to mislead lenders, lower his insurance rates or reduce his taxes. Trump’s legal team contends that his financial practices were normal in the real estate industry and that James is waging an unfair political vendetta. His company has noted that some of the lenders that James alleges might have been deceived by Trump’s financial statements profited richly from the loans they gave to him.
    Donald Trump was once paid in gold bars that were wheeled into the Trump Tower apartment, new book claims as he faces sweeping $250m lawsuit from New York AG Letitia James for 'lying about the value of his property.' The forthcoming book by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman called 'Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America' and obtained by CNN, reveals new details about his business dealings, including the gold bar payment.  She wrote that Trump used to sometimes receive lease payments in cash and that a leaseholder once gave him the gold bars covering the cash portion of the lease on a parking garage. The parking garage was in the General Motors building in Manhattan, bought by Trump in 1998. According to Haberman's book, Trump was clueless about what to do with the gold bars. He told Matt Calamari who was a security guard that became CEO of Trump's Organization to take the bars to his apartment in Trump Tower. But it is not known where the gold bars ended up. CNN reported that...
    Former President Donald Trump revealed on Wednesday he had thought New York Attorney General Letitia James would settle her case against him, which he said he had problems with because he is not guilty. The remarks came as the ex-president railed against James' $250 million lawsuit, claiming Trump lied about his property values.  Speaking with Sean Hannity from his home in Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday, Trump doubled down on his assertion that his property values are high, pointing to the decadence of Mar-a-Lago. That is when he revealed: 'I actually never thought that she would bring a case, and she brought it. And the reason I thought was because she didn't have a case.  'I was of the impression that she wanted to settle,' he claimed. 'But I had a problem because how do you pay something even if it's a small amount of money if you're not guilty.' The former president went on to refer to the lawsuit as 'just a continuation of a witch hunt that began when I came down the escalator of Trump Tower,' and suggested that James had been after him since she first...
    Former Attorney General Bill Barr took to the airwaves Wednesday to condemn New York AG Letitia James' civil lawsuit against Donald Trump – chiding her for trying to 'drag the children' into the matter. Barr – who recently condemned Trump for having kept government documents at his Florida club – blasted James' suit as 'gross overreach' and suggested it may have been politically motivated. 'This, to me, looks like gross overreach, which I think is going to end up backfiring on them, because I think it will make people sympathetic for Trump, that this is another example of people piling on because of Trump derangement syndrome, this strong desire to punish him,' Barr told Fox News. 'It's hard for me not to conclude it's a political hit job,' said Barr. Barr went on to accuse James of 'targeting' Trump, and pointed out as Trump himself has in the past that the AG campaigned on a pledge to investigate the then-president. Former Attorney General Bill Barr accused New York AG Letitia James accuse of 'targeting' Trump, and said she overreaches by trying...
    It’s not that the FBI’s raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club was critical to the New York Attorney General filing a $250 million lawsuit against the Trump Organization on Wednesday. But it may have helped. That’s because, in a Trumpian twist of fate, the raid very well may bolster one part of New York AG Letitia James’ case against the former president: that he never fully turned over all the financial documents he was supposed to supply to her office. Tucked deep in the 222-page lawsuit—on page 205, to be exact—is a section on how the raid may prove that Trump and his lawyers never produced all the financial documents they were supposed to turn over to New York investigators, even after Trump was held in contempt of court for not handing over all of his business records. “Even after almost two years of litigation it appears that it may still be the case that not all responsive documents were produced,” the lawsuit reads. “Among other things, in litigation over a search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022,...
    NBC legal correspondent Tom Winter rebutted one of former President Donald Trump’s lines of attack on New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday after James filed a lawsuit alleging Trump committed fraud in the state. “And to distract and talk about New York City crime and something outside the purview of today’s today’s allegations in a civil case,” noted MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell as she introduced Winter. “I do want to tell you, we reached out to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York and a spokesperson for Damian Williams said they’re going to decline to comment for now on this criminal referral that the attorney general is sending over to their office in the IRS criminal division, who we’ve also reached out to for comment,” began Winter, noting that James said she referred the allegations that Trump committed fraud by over evaluating properties and assets to the IRS for a criminal investigation. “As far as the statement from the former president about crime in New York, we should be clear that the New York attorney...
    Former President Trump launched a fresh attack on New York attorney general Letitia James after she sued him for $250 million on accusations that he lied about his property values.  He called James, who is black, 'racist' and accused her of bringing forward the case to help her 'really bad poll numbers.'  'Another Witch Hunt by a racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who failed in her run for Governor, getting almost zero support from the public, and now is doing poorly against Law & Order A.G. candidate, highly respected Michael Henry,' Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.  'I never thought this case would be brought - until I saw her really bad poll numbers. She is a fraud who campaigned on a “get Trump” platform, despite the fact that the city is one of the crime and murder disasters of the world under her watch!'  New York AG Letitia James announced Wednesday that her office is suing former President Donald Trump and his adult children James said that the president and his children engaged in 'numerous...
    Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump are all being sued by New York Attorney General Letitia James in a massive civil lawsuit alleging they and others associated with his businesses “grossly inflated” his assets by “billions” of dollars. In a Wednesday news conference James says she is also referring criminal charges to federal authorities, including the Justice Department and the IRS, and her goal is to prohibit some of Trump’s businesses from operating in New York. Trump falsely inflated the value of his assets to obtain favorable loan rates and other benefits, and deflated the value of his assets to pay lower taxes, James said Wednesday, after a years-long investigation. She alleges he inflated his net worth “by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and to cheat the system, thereby cheating all of us.” James repeatedly stressed Trump and others many times “pleaded the fifth,” which in civil cases can be seen as a possible sign of guilt, or, in legal terms, “adverse inference.” James explained how Trump falsely inflated the value of his...
    Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner dismissed the announcement from New York Attorney General Letitia James of a major civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, casting the allegations as politically-motivated and of little interest to most people. On Wednesday, Fox News aired James for approximately 8 minutes as she announced her office is suing Trump, his real estate business, and his adult children for years of fraud. The suit accuses the Trumps of large-scale financial fraud. James is seeking $250 million in penalties, and if successful, the suit would permanently ban the Trump family from doing business in New York. James also said she is referring Trump and his family to the criminal division of the IRS for possible violations of tax law. What’s more, James outlined a series of astonishing allegation against Trump and his family at the press conference. In other words, it’s a big story. Shortly after James explained how Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg was involved in the alleged fraud, Faulkner cut away from the presser, referring to it as a “rather lengthy and detailed layout...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James unveiled a civil fraud lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and three of his adult children Wednesday for the Trump Organization's manipulation of its asset valuations. James is calling for Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump to be barred from serving as "an officer or director in any corporation" or similar entity in New York. Furthermore, she is calling for Trump and his business empire to be barred from "entering into any New York State commercial real estate acquisition or from applying for loans" in New York for the next five years. James also revealed that her office uncovered evidence that the Trump Organization violated multiple state laws and is referring the matter to the appropriate agencies. NY ATTORNEY GENERAL INVESTIGATING TRUMP TEASES 'MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT' "Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization repeatedly and persistently manipulated the value of assets to induce banks to lend money to the Trump Organization on more favorable terms than would otherwise have been available to the company," she explained during a...
    New York's Attorney General announced that she has filed a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump and three of his adult children for financial fraud. The AG, Letitia James, said in a press conference in New York City just before noontime on Wednesday, Sept. 21 that Trump "repeatedly and persistently" misstated the value of assets. "The complaint demonstrates Donald Trump inflated his net worth by billions of dollars," said James, who also named Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump in the suit.  "We found that Trump, his family, and the Trump Org used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations over 200 times in 10 years on his annual financial statements. "These statements were then used to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and insurance coverage." James said she's seeking to ban the Trumps from ever running a business in the state again. "There aren't two sets of laws for people in this nation," James said. "Former presidents must be held to the same standards as everyday Americans. "When the well-connected and powerful break the law to get more money than...
    The New York Attorney General is suing former President Donald Trump, his adult kids, and their family real estate company, capping off a three-year investigation into what her investigators deemed rampant business and tax fraud. The lawsuit, revealed at a press conference with New York AG Letitia James Wednesday morning, seeks to block the Trumps from serving as business executives and slam the Trump Organization with a whopping $250 million in fines. This story is developing and will be updated.
    One of Donald Trump's bulldog lawyers quietly settled a lawsuit of her own in New Jersey in which she was accused of using the n-word in order to pump herself up for court appearances involving the ex-president.  Attorney Alina Habba is also accused of calling New York's Attorney General Letitia James a 'black b***h,' according to the lawsuit that filed in July 2022 in Middlesex County, Jersey. When confronted about her alleged racism by her accuser, Habba said: 'I am a f***ing minority myself... I'm not white. I used to be bullied because I am Arab.'  The suit was brought by Na'Syia Drayton, a former paralegal at Habba Madaio and Associates, a law firm based in New Jersey, close to Trump's Bedminster Golf Club.  In recent times, Habba has become the former Apprentice host's go-to legal counsel. She has made several appearances on the ex-president's favorite news programs in order to defend him on various issues.  Drayton alleged in her lawsuit that prior to court appearances that involved Trump that the white lawyers would gather in a room in order...
    Former President Donald Trump's legal team purportedly leaned on the Secret Service as a cudgel in a failed bid to relocate the deposition of his hotly anticipated appearance before the New York Attorney General's Office last month, though the agency disputed the Trump legal team's account. Lawyers for Trump said the agency harbored security concerns about transporting the former president to the attorney general's office and pitched Trump Tower as a more suitable destination for his deposition instead, multiple sources told the Daily Beast. TRUMP SAYS HE ‘DECLINED TO ANSWER' QUESTIONS DURING NY AG DEPOSITION But the request, which came through correspondence with the attorney general's office, was disputed by Secret Service, which did not relay any such concerns to state investigators directly, the report noted. Furthermore, Trump's legal team provided no official affirmation of safety concerns from the agency itself, according to the report. “[Secret Service is] unaware of any security challenges at the Office of the New York State Attorney General,” Anthony Guglielmi, the chief of communications for the Secret Service, told the news...
    A new analysis is explaining how former President Donald Trump may have lied about safety concerns to avoid appearing at the New York attorney general’s office weeks ago. In a new report, The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagilery breaks down Trump’s claims while also explaining why the former president’s arguments may be nothing more than an excuse to delay court proceedings. Days prior to Trump’s deposition, which was scheduled for August 10, the former president’s legal team submitted documents detailing his safety concerns about the attorney general’s office. READ MORE: Legal expert breaks down why Trump may be facing a 'greater legal threat' in Georgia as opposed to the Mar-a-Lago case Pagilery noted that Trump’s legal team, according to inside sources, “asked that the contentious interview at the AG’s office be relocated to a more comfortable, convenient spot for the former president: Trump Tower.” “In correspondence that was filed in secret, Trump’s legal team notified state investigators that the Secret Service was opposed to transporting him to the AG’s office in Manhattan’s Financial District, both sources said,” Pagilery wrote. “The...
    In confidential court documents, former President Donald Trump tried to squirm his way out of taking a trip to the New York Attorney General’s office last month, telling a judge that the Secret Service had security concerns about the AG’s office, according to two sources familiar with the matter. In the days before his Aug. 10 deposition, according to those two sources and a third person familiar with the discussions, Trump’s legal team asked that the contentious interview at the AG’s office be relocated to a more comfortable, convenient spot for the former president: Trump Tower. The excuse appalled those who read it, spurring them to speak to The Daily Beast. In correspondence that was filed in secret, Trump’s legal team notified state investigators that the Secret Service was opposed to transporting him to the AG’s office in Manhattan’s Financial District, both sources said. The letter cited some sort of safety concern related to having the former president at the 60-story skyscraper at 28 Liberty Street—which is located just across the street from a Trump-owned building. Notably, however, these...
    Just what former President Donald Trump said during a seven-hour deposition with New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday is coming to light in a new report. Near the start of the deposition, Trump gave his name and read a statement that called the investigation into whether his real estate company violated New York tax laws a continuation of "the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country" and accused "openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me," his lawyer, Ronald Fischetti, told the New York Times. James did not visibly react, Fischetti noted. Amid "questions about valuations and golf clubs and all that stuff,” Trump invoked his right against self-incrimination as he repeated "same answer" throughout the deposition, which was interspersed with breaks, per the lawyer. A statement released by Trump after the deposition, which lasted from around 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., said he "declined to answer" questions during his deposition. James's office affirmed Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. TRUMP SAYS HE ‘DECLINED TO ANSWER' QUESTIONS DURING NY...
    Donald Trump arrived at the New York Attorney General’s Office early Wednesday morning, around 9 AM. At 10:04 AM posted to his Truth Social account was a lengthy statement that says, “under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen.” Trump was finally forced to appear after a subpoena ordering him to give a deposition on January 7 in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into his real estate pricing practices. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen told Congress in 2019 his former boss would increase what he claimed his properties are worth when attempting to arrange credit and decrease their value for tax purposes. The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell reported Trump “departed 28 Liberty at 3:20pm slumped in a black Secret Service SUV and peered out of the rear window as his motorcade crawled out of an underground garage past onlookers.” READ MORE: Legal Experts: ‘Case Against Trump Became Immeasurably Stronger’ After He Says He Pleaded the Fifth At 3:42 PM...
    Chet Strange/Getty Images On his way into their meeting, former president Donald Trump went absolutely ballistic on New York Attorney General Letitia James over her civil investigation his business. On his way out hours later, he praised the meeting as “very professional” in a breezy Truth social post bragging about his company. Trump faced a deposition on Wednesday in the civil probe at AG James’ office. As the meeting approached, Trump put out a very angry statement accusing James of “hostility” and “retribution, in which he announced he would be pleading the Fifth. On Truth social and Rumble, he also posted four separate videos attacking the Attorney General, and then emailed each video in a separate email out to his various lists. But after the deposition, he had a different tune. “Just leaving the Attorney General’s Office – A very professional meeting. Have a fantastic company with great assets, very little debt, and lots of CASH. Only in America!” he posted on his social media network Truth Social. Source: Screenshot The Trump Organization has anything but “very little debt.”...
    by Richie Malouf   Former President Donald Trump appeared for a deposition with the state attorney general of New York on Wednesday and pleaded the Fifth when confronted about his family’s business practices. In a statement, Trump said he decided to invoke protection against self-incrimination under the advice of counsel. “I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution,” Trump said. A civil investigation, led by Attorney General Letitia James, has looked into business dealings by the Trump Organization. It involves lenders, tax authorities, and property values. This probe is unrelated to FBI activities that came to light earlier this week with a raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where agents searched for official White House documents including potential classified ones. James said she had evidence the Trump family overvalued their property assets to gain favorable loans and insurance coverage while also deflating other assets at the same time to gain favorable tax cuts. “The Office of the Attorney General has collected significant additional evidence indicating that the Trump Organization...
    Donald Trump says he will not answer questions in a civil investigation of his business practices in New York. The former president invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a deposition on Wednesday morning, Aug. 10 at the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James. The move comes just two days after the FBI conducted a search at Trump's Mar-A-Lago compound in Palm Beach, Florida. The search was reportedly connected to classified documents that may have been taken from the White House to the compound instead of being turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration, as is required by federal law. Trump said in a statement shortly after the deposition was scheduled to begin that he “declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution.” “I have absolutely no choice because the current Administration and many prosecutors in this Country have lost all moral and ethical bounds of decency," Trump said. The New York probe is reportedly examining the Trump Organization's finances and asset valuations, among other...
    Former President Donald Trump declared that he "declined to answer questions" during his deposition before New York Attorney General Letitia James's office Wednesday. Trumpa argued that he was the target of "an unfounded, politically motivated Witch Hunt" and that James "openly campaigned on the policy of 'Get and Destroy Trump.'" "Accordingly, under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution," he wrote in a post to his Truth Social platform. This is a breaking story and will be updated. Donald Trump News New York
    Ivana Trump died at 73 on Thursday  New York attorney general Letitia James agreed to delay the deposition of Donald Trump and his children following the passing of their mother Ivana Trump.  Trump, Ivanka and Don Jr. were all set to testify next week in the New York attorney general's civil investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices.  A June 8 court-ordered agreement had compelled the family to give a deposition beginning Friday, July 15 and concluding the following week. It is not clear when the testimony will now. take place, but the AG's office made it clear the delay was 'temporary.'  'In light of the passing of Ivana Trump yesterday, we received a request from counsel for Donald Trump and his children to adjourn all three depositions, which we have agreed to,' James' communications director Delany Kempner said in a statement. 'This is a temporary delay and the depositions will be rescheduled as soon as possible. There is no other information about dates or otherwise to provide at this time.'  New York attorney general Letitia James agreed to delay...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump is no longer in contempt of a New York court, a judge said in an order Wednesday.Trump was held in civil contempt in April for failing to comply with a subpoena from the New York Attorney General's Office for documents as part of its investigation into the former President's company.New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron said that the $110,000 that Trump paid in fines will be held in an escrow account pending his appeal being finalized. Engoron said he reviewed additional documents Trump submitted and the attorney general's office agreed that the conditions to purge his contempt were met. New York Attorney General Letitia James' office has been investigating the Trump Organization for more than two years and previously said her office found multiple misleading or fraudulent misstatements and omissions in the Trump Organization's financial statements, which were provided to lenders and insurers, among others, as part of its investigation.Read MoreThis story is breaking and will be updated.
    After six months of squabbling and dirty laundry airing in court, New York Attorney General Letitia James will finally get what she’s been after: the ability to depose former President Donald Trump under oath. And not only will she get Trump, she’ll also get to grill two of his adult children—Don Jr. and Ivanka—about alleged bank and tax fraud at the Trump Organization. On Wednesday, attorneys on both sides signed an agreement that would have the trio travel to New York City for a deposition on July 15. Investigators will ask them about their roles in the Trump Organization’s routine practice of massively inflating its corporate property values, which allegedly allowed them to acquire bank loans on more favorable terms in some cases and dodge taxes in another. The AG’s office initially sent subpoenas to them in December 2021 for depositions the following month. But the Trumps refused to show up. That led Justice Arthur F. Engoron to order them to testify and hold Trump himself in contempt of court—a historic move that showed how a state court judge could...
    New York attorney general Letitia James speaks on May 26, 2022Photo by Lev Radin/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.New York attorney general Letitia James’ civil fraud investigation into Donald Trump’s businesses is one of the few legal cases against the former president that has had real traction. On Friday, a federal judge ruled that the former president’s most serious attempt to stall it has no basis and the case can proceed. James has been investigating Trump’s finances since late 2019 and has recently focused on whether Trump had fraudulently manipulated the value of his business empire in the years before he became president to get favorable terms from banks, insurance agents, and tax assessors. Back in December, Trump sued James, asking New York district court judge Brenda Sannes to stop the AG’s investigation as a “fishing expedition” that amounted to political harassment because James is a Democrat. But on Friday Sannes rejected Trump’s argument entirely, tossing out the suit, writing that she didn’t...
    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former President Donald Trump and his Organization seeking to stop New York Attorney General Letitia James’ probe into his business practices. In US District Court in the Northern District of New York, Judge Brenda Sannes rejected the former president’s allegation that the AG targeted him for political gain, permitting her two-year investigation to continue. Earlier story - Trump Loses Appeal, Must Testify Under Oath In New York's Probe Of Business Practices Sannes’ ruling found that there was no evidence to support the theory that James, a Democrat, was going after the former Republican president due to differing political ideologies. 
“The fact that (James') public statements reflect personal and/or political animus toward (Trump) is not, in and of itself, sufficient,” Sannes wrote. According to reports, Trump plans to appeal the latest decision against him. The complete 43-page ruling can be found here. In December 2021, Trump filed a lawsuit against James in an effort to stop her investigation into his Organization and interfere with state court proceedings. Original story - Trump Sues...
    (CNN)A federal judge dismissed former President Donald Trump's lawsuit against the New York attorney general that sought to stop her civil investigation into the Trump Organization.Judge Brenda Sannes said Trump could have raised the same claims in state court.Trump sued last year alleging New York Attorney General Letitia James violated his constitutional rights by investigating him in bad faith. Trump based his argument on statements James made during her campaign for attorney general. He asked to block the investigation or force James' recusal. New York appeals court rules Trump, Ivanka and Don Jr. must sit for depositionsIn throwing out the lawsuit, Sannes wrote: "In sum, the Court concludes that Plaintiffs could have raised the claims and requested the relief they seek in the federal action in the New York proceeding."Sannes added that to allow the lawsuit to proceed would interfere with ongoing state court actions, including New York Judge Arthur Engoron's order holding Trump in civil contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents. Read More"Granting the relief Plaintiffs seek would have the practical effect of interfering with...
    Former President Donald TrumpCarlos Barria | Reuters An appeals court on Thursday rejected a bid by former President Donald Trump to avoid being compelled to answer questions under oath by investigators for New York Attorney General Letitia James as part of her civil investigation of Trump Organization business practices. The decision was the latest legal loss for Trump in his efforts to limit the probe by James, who is focused on allegations that the Trump Organization illegally manipulated the stated valuations of different real estate assets for financial gain. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends a rally in Perry, Georgia, U.S. September 25, 2021.Dustin Chambers | Reuters Former President Donald Trump paid a $110,000 fine imposed as part of a contempt-of-court order against him, but has failed so far to take all the steps required to lift the order, the New York attorney general's office said Friday. Trump has until Friday to fulfill all of the requirements for the contempt order to be purged. If he does not do so, a $10,000-per-day fine against Trump could be reinstated. Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump, did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron held Trump in contempt last month, after New York Attorney General Letitia James' office argued that Trump had failed to comply with a subpoena for documents as part of its civil investigation. The AG's office is looking into allegations that the Trump Organization illegally manipulated the stated values of different properties in order to obtain financial benefits when applying for loans, obtaining insurance policies and paying taxes. Engoron's contempt order...
    As the New York attorney general investigates the Trump Organization for cooking up fake property values on official documents, lawyers revealed Monday that one of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies is also under investigation for its role in the scheme: Cushman & Wakefield. On Monday, attorneys with the office of AG Letitia James said the real estate firm is now a central player in its expanding probe into alleged bank fraud by the Trump family corporation. “They’re right in the middle of this,” assistant attorney general Austin Thompson said in court, noting what investigators found as the firm’s key role in the Trump company’s “decade-long history of making false statements about its properties.” Cushman & Wakefield, which is based in Chicago but operates worldwide, provided advisers that helped former President Donald Trump’s company assess the value of its properties in California and New York. The company suddenly cut its ties to the Trump Organization in the days after the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. The AG’s office has now taken the position that the company’s decision to distance itself...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge found former President Donald Trump in contempt of court Monday for failing to adequately respond to a subpoena issued by the state’s attorney general as part of a civil investigation into his business dealings. Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump to pay a fine of $10,000 per day. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Cloudy And Mild“Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously,” Engoron said before issuing the ruling from the bench in a Manhattan courtroom, following a hearing. New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, had asked the court to hold Trump in contempt after he missed a March 31 court-imposed deadline to turn over documents. READ MORE: Man, 30, Killed In Fells Point Shooting, Baltimore Police SayTrump, a Republican, has been fighting James in court over her investigation, which he has called a politically motivated “witch hunt.” Trump spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment. MORE NEWS: Dave Chappelle Will Perform Two Stand-Up Sets At 10th Anniversary Celebration For Live! Casino(© Copyright...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge found former President Donald Trump in contempt of court Monday for failing to adequately respond to a subpoena issued by the state’s attorney general as part of a civil investigation into his business dealings. Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump to pay a fine of $10,000 per day. “Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously,” Engoron said before issuing the ruling from the bench in a Manhattan courtroom, following a hearing. New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, had asked the court to hold Trump in contempt after he missed a March 31 court-imposed deadline to turn over documents. Trump, a Republican, has been fighting James in court over her investigation, which he has called a politically motivated “witch hunt.” Trump spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A New York judge on Monday held former President Donald Trump in contempt, and fined him $10,000 per day, for failing to comply with subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James. 'Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously, I hereby hold you in civil contempt and fine you $10,000 a day', said New York Supreme Court judge Arthur Engoron. More to follow A New York judge on Monday held former President Donald Trump in contempt, and fined him $10,000 per day, for failing to comply with subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James.
    Donald Trump is wishing his rivals a 'Happy Easter' in a pair of bizarre back-to-back holiday messages on Sunday morning, extending a message of good health to 'Radical Left Maniacs' and New York Attorney General Letitia James. However in their respective messages, the ex-president also accused the 'Left' of trying to 'destroy the country' and called James -- who is investigating him for tax fraud -- a 'racist.' It's not a new move for Trump, whose holiday messages while in the White House would frequently point out he was extending the well-wishes to 'haters' and 'enemies' as well as his supporters. 'Happy Easter to all including the Radical Left Maniacs who are doing everything possible to destroy our Country,' Trump's first statement read. 'May they not succeed, but let them, nevertheless, be happy, healthy, wealthy, and well!'  Less than an hour later, a message from the former president's Save America PAC read, 'Happy Easter to failed gubernatorial candidate and racist Attorney General Letitia James.' 'May she remain healthy despite the fact that she will continue to drive business out of...
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