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    Former President Trump was seen leaving New York Attorney General Letitia James' office seven hours after he entered for a deposition in her civil suit against the Trump Organization.  Despite the lengthy meeting, Trump's testimony did not fruitful for New York investigators - the former president vowed to plead the Fifth, the right to remain silent, before it began. Trump attorney Ronald Fischetti, who was present in the meeting, told the New York Times that Trump answered exactly one question throughout the duration of the meeting - what his name was.  Trump read a statement 'the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country' and said as James sat across from him that she 'openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me.' Trump pleaded the Fifth, and then from about 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a long lunch break and other breaks in between, the former president repeated 'same answer' to all of her questions.  A spokesperson with James' office confirmed they could not get the former president to talk.  'While we will not comment on specific details, we...
    NEW YORK -- The New York Attorney General's Office announced Friday that scheduled depositions for former President Donald Trump and two of his children in a civil investigation into their business dealings would be delayed after the passing of his ex-wife Ivana Trump."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," Letitia James' office 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. We offer our condolences to the Trump family."The ex-president, son Don Jr. and daughter Ivanka had been scheduled for depositions -- a term for out-of-court questioning under oath -- starting as soon as Friday.James alleges that the ex-president's company, the Trump Organization, inflated the values of skyscrapers, golf courses and other holdings in order to get loans, insurance and other benefits.Trump has denied the allegations, saying that it's common in the...
    Donald Trump is no longer in contempt of court, a New York judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Arthur Engoron, who declared the former president in contempt on April 25 for being slow to respond to a civil subpoena issued by New York's attorney general, said he has now met conditions required to lift the sanction following a protracted legal battle. Trump last month paid $110,000 in fines he racked up as a result of the contempt finding.  The money, paid directly to Attorney General Letitia James' office, will continue to be held in an escrow account while Trump appeals the original contempt finding, Engoron said on Wednesday. New York Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating the Trump Organization since 2019. She subpoenaed Donald Trump and his two eldest children late last year Trump and his two oldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., are scheduled to testify under oath in James' investigation starting July 15 after the state's highest court rejected his last-ditch attempt to avoid a subpoena. 'Although we are pleased that the court has lifted the contempt...
    Donald Trump and his two eldest children have agreed to testify in New York State Attorney General Letitia James' three-year investigation into their real estate business, a Tuesday court filing shows. The trio will be deposed under oath on July 15, according to an agreement reached by prosecutors and attorneys for the former president, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. That's despite Trump repeatedly blasting James' probe as a partisan 'witch hunt' and attacking the Democrat official herself as a 'racist.'  Late last month a court dismissed the Trumps' effort to quash New York State's subpoena seeking their testimonies.  In a separate legal battle, Trump's attorney is reportedly facing off with James via a virtual court proceeding where a judge will decide whether the ex-president satisfied the requirements to lift a contempt charge and $10,000 daily fine against him. James had accused Trump of slow walking her investigation by refusing to hand over key financial documents - which Trump argued he simply did not have.  If his lawyer Alina Habba's Wednesday effort in court fails, he could be liable to...
    Longtime Trump Organization employee Rhona Graff contradicted comments by her longtime employer Donald Trump in a deposition, with prosecutors using her comments to try to knock down Trump's claims about company record-keeping. Graff, who spent decades as a trusted aide and who provided a deposition to prosecutors May 31, provided contradictory testimony that 'cast doubt on the completeness of' Trump's own sworn statement, according to prosecutors. Trump had provided his own statement in an order to try to a judge's April 25 contempt ruling against him for failing to hand over documents. His Bedminster, New Jersey-based lawyer, Alina Habba, said in a filing that 'a diligent search was performed and found that (Trump) is not in possession of any of the requested documents.' New York Attorney General Letitia James' office had requested a $10,000-per-day fine while Trump was not in compliance. Trump himself said in an affidavit that 'it has been my customary practice to delegate document handling and retention responsibilities to my executive assistants.'  Prosecutors said in a filing that longtime Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff contradicted her former boss...
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a press conference announcing a class action lawsuit against big tech companies at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 07, 2021 in Bedminster, New Jersey.Michael M. Santiago | Getty Images A judge on Friday dismissed a federal lawsuit by former President Donald Trump that sought to bar a civil investigation of his business by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes came a day after a state appeals court in New York upheld subpoenas issued by James compelling Trump and two of his adult children to appear for questioning under oath as part of her probe. Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, last year sued James in federal court in the Northern District of New York. The suit claimed the attorney general violated their rights with her investigation into claims the company illegally manipulated the stated valuations of various real estate assets for financial gains.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: U.S. may send long-range rocket systems to Ukraine; Russia captures...
    Donald Trump has paid the $110,000 he owed but produced only part of the documentation necessary to lift the order holding him in contempt of court just ahead of a Friday deadline, a spokesperson for the New York attorney general said.  Trump was slapped with a $10,000 per day fine last month as part of a contempt order for his lack of cooperation with Letitia James' probe into the finances of the Trump Organization. Judge Arthur Engeron said at the time it was not clear Trump had conducted adequate searches for the documents requested, after his attorneys said they no longer had them.  Engeron ruled that in order to lift the contempt finding, Trump needed to pay the fine. He also needed to allow third-party firm Haystack to conduct a review of the Trump Org's records for relevant documents and that Trump employees needed to submit affidavits of the organization's document retention and destruction policy.  The Haystack review is complete and responsive documents have been handed over but Trump still has yet to comply with the third condition as...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James is asking the court to begin issuing fines to former President Donald Trump while he delays producing documents subpoenaed by the court. James has asked a court to hold Trump in contempt for refusing to comply with a court order to produce the documents. “The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our subpoena and turn over relevant documents to my office,” James said in a statement. “Instead of obeying a court order, Mr. Trump is trying to evade it. We are seeking the court’s immediate intervention because no one is above the law.” The $10,000 fine would apply to every day that Trump doesn’t produce the documents. “This court’s order was not an opening bid for a negotiation or an invitation for a new round of challenges to the subpoena,” wrote assistant attorney general Andrew Amer in the court documents, according to The Daily Beast. “The ship has long since sailed on Mr. Trump’s ability to raise any such objections.” "The Trump Organization is not presently searching any of...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her office filed a motion to hold former President Donald Trump in contempt of court. The prosecutor claims Trump failed to turn over key documents for her inquiry into possible fraud committed by the Trump Organization despite a court order. If a court approves her motion, Trump could be fined $10,000 every day he continues violating the order. NEW YORK JUSTICE ORDERS TRUMP ORGANIZATION TO COMPLY WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL SUBPOENA "Despite a crystal clear order from the court, Donald Trump has refused to turn over documents as part of our investigation into him and the Trump Organization's financial dealings," she tweeted. "No one is above the law. James's office began an investigation into the Trump Organization in 2019 after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testified before Congress that the company manipulated its asset valuations for tax and business benefits. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Trump has denied any wrongdoing and criticized the inquiry as being politically motivated. This is a breaking...
    New York (CNN)A New York state judge ordered the Trump Organization to comply by April with a subpoena from the New York attorney general as part of its long-running civil investigation into the former president and his real estate company. "I think we can all agree we want this to end at some point for numerous reasons," Judge Arthur Engoron said during a hearing Monday. The judge also ordered an e-discovery firm hired to audit Trump's compliance with the subpoena issued over two years ago to produce weekly reports identifying specific information about whose devices have been searched and what hasn't been searched. The Trump Organization must also respond in weekly reports over any differences discovered by the firm.Trump Organization attorneys said they would finish their compliance with the subpoena by April 15 and need an additional two weeks to certify and produce any remaining materials. The judge endorsed the schedule and said the Trump Organization could have until April 29. Haystack, the e-discovery firm, would complete its review around the same time, a representative of the firm told the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Judge says Trump and 2 of his children must testify in New York attorney general investigation of his business practices. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Former President Donald Trump repeatedly 'denies knowledge' about aspects of his company in a Monday court filing by his lawyer – despite his own treatise Tuesday about his 'great company with fantastic assets.'  Trump's Bedminister, NJ lawyer filed a statement in response to New York Letitia James' latest filing – in a document that comes to light after James revealed that Trump's longtime accounting firm Mazars was parting ways with their client, after concluding they could no longer rely on a decade's worth of financial statements they helped produce. Trump blasted the move in an angry statement Tuesday night, blaming James for 'vicious intimidation tactics' against the firm, saying they were 'essentially forced to resign from a great long-term account by the prosecutorial misconduct.' Trump in his statement goes on to provide dollar figures for cash and marketable securities, escrow, reserve deposits and other categories he says lead to a net worth of $5.8 billion.  He calls the Trump Organization a 'great company with fantastic assets that are unique, extremely valuable and, in many cases, far more valuable than what...
    New York's attorney general released damning video on Thursday of former CNN star Chris Cuomo’s testimony that resulted in his termination from the liberal network.  Cuomo’s infamous interview with investigators proved he was active in seeking information about the women who were coming forward with sexual misconduct allegations against his older brother, ousted Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  The New York Attorney General released damning video on Thursday of former CNN star Chris Cuomo’s testimony that resulted in his termination from the liberal network.  CNN'S CHRIS CUOMO SNOOPED ON RONAN FARROW'S REPORTING ON HIS BROTHER, RELAYED ‘INTEL’ TO ANDREW CUOMO AIDE Transcripts of the July 15 testimony were previously released in November, less than a week before CNN fired Cuomo on December 4 citing "new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother's defense." The videos match transcripts that proved the former CNN host would reach out to media industry connections in order to help his brother. The videos, released in four parts, are part of what New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office called "the final...
    The New York Attorney General's office said late Tuesday that an investigation found "significant evidence" that former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE's company committed fraud.  "We are taking legal action to force Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Winter is here for Democrats NY attorney general subpoenas Trump, Ivanka, Donald Jr. Cheney cites testimony that Ivanka asked Trump to 'please stop this violence' on Jan. 6 MORE to comply with our investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings," Attorney General Letitia James (D) said in a statement posted on social media late Tuesday night. "No one in this country can pick and choose if and how the law applies to them."  James alleged The Trump Organization "used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions for years." The former president's children have...
    New York’s attorney general announced late Tuesday night that her office’s investigation into the Donald Trump’s company’s accounting practices had yielded “significant evidence” of fraud. Letitia James said in a tweet, “We have uncovered significant evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions for years.” In a longer press release, the AG said that its ongoing investigation had “Preliminarily Determined that Trump Organization Used Fraudulent and Misleading Asset Valuations to Obtain Economic Benefits.” While detailing examples of those valuations, it adds that “While OAG has not yet reached a final decision regarding whether this evidence merits legal action, the grounds for pursuing the investigation are self-evident.”
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) gives two thumbs up as Donald Trump Jr. (L) and Ivanka Trump (R) stand and cheer for Eric Trump as he delivers his speech during the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.Joe Raedle | Getty Images The New York attorney general's office issued subpoenas to Donald Trump Jr. and his sister Ivanka Trump for a civil investigation of the company owned by former President Donald Trump, a court filing revealed Monday. The subpoenas aim to force the Trump siblings to answer questions under oath about valuations of real estate assets by Trump Organization, just as their brother Eric Trump did last year after losing a legal fight that sought to delay his interview until after the 2020 presidential election lost by their father. The subpoenas also "would allow investigators or any matter which the Attorney General deems pertinent," the court filing in Manhattan Supreme Court says. New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office filed the document, already was known...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York attorney general subpoenas former President Donald Trump, 2 eldest children in probe of the family’s business. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Zephyr Teachout (D) is dropping out of New York’s attorney general race after incumbent Letitia James (D) ended her own campaign for governor. “Our campaign for NY Attorney General has always been rooted in doing the best for New Yorkers. Attorney General Letitia James is an exceptional leader and dedicated public servant,” Teachout, a law professor, said in a statement on Sunday.  “I strongly support Attorney General James in her re-election and her critical fights to deliver justice for the people of New York,” she added.  My full statement on my campaign is below, but most importantly, thank you, New York: pic.twitter.com/RlMvR5ccXR— Zephyr Teachout (@ZephyrTeachout) December 12, 2021 James announced in October that she would run for state governor, setting up a high-profile primary with Gov. Kathy HochulKathy HochulDe Blasio admits to 'mixed feelings' on allowing noncitizens to vote in elections Overnight Health Care — Presented by AstraZeneca and Friends of Cancer Research — Court leaves Texas abortion ban, allows suits New York to issue mask mandate for businesses without vaccine requirements MORE (D), but ended her campaign last week, saying she had unfinished...
              moreby Steve Bittenbender   New York State Attorney General Letitia James surprisingly announced Thursday she was suspending her campaign for the next year’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Instead, she said she will run for re-election. “There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job,” she said in a tweet posted at noon on her personal site. James, 63, rose to prominence this year after overseeing an independent investigation into sexual harassment accusations against then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A report from the outside lawyers leading the five-month investigation was released in August and ultimately led to the resignation of Cuomo. Before that, her office also found the Cuomo Administration downplayed the number of deaths that occurred at nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In late October, James announced her decision to run for governor, a move that put her against current Gov. Kathy Hochul, Cuomo’s lieutenant governor who became the state’s first female top executive upon Cuomo’s resignation. Cuomo and some of his former administration staffers have been openly critical of James since...
    Former federal prosecutor and Trump impeachment lawyer Daniel Goldman announced Friday that he is suspending his campaign for New York attorney general. The move comes in response to Attorney General Letitia James's announcement that she is running for reelection in 2022 instead of running a campaign for governor of the Empire State. LETITIA JAMES SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN FOR NEW YORK GOVERNOR "I spoke to Tish earlier today and relayed my full support for her reelection," Goldman said in a statement . "I look forward to working with her in the future on these endeavors, and to continuing my lifelong quest to ensure there is one standard of justice for all." My statement on the New York Attorney General’s race: pic.twitter.com/P39iUyVWSa— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) December 10, 2021 Goldman announced his candidacy for the attorney general's office Nov. 16, shortly after James announced her candidacy for New York governor. James suspended her campaign for governor and announced her run for reelection in the attorney general's race Thursday. She was polling in second place in the Democratic...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James is looking to depose Donald Trump as part of the state's civil probe into the widespread fraud that allegedly "permeated the Trump Organization." James has requested that Trump provide testimony on January 7 of next year in hopes of gleaning more information around claims that Trump overvalued many of his assets to secure underserved loans from various financial institutions, according to The Washington Post. Trump also allegedly lowered the value of his assets on tax forms in a bid to reduce the Trump Organization's tax burden. Back in 2012, the Post reported, Trump told the IRS that 40 Wall Street – also known as the Trump Building – was worth $16 million. But in talks with lenders just a few months later, the former president claimed that the same property had a whopping $527 million price tag. Prosecutors are also apparently scrutinizing other properties owned by Trump in California – and their investigation appears to be extensive. For one of Trump's golf clubs in the Golden State, prosecutors have reportedly asked specialists for...
    New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference, to announce criminal justice reform in New York City, U.S., May 21, 2021.Brendan McDermid | Reuters New York Attorney General Letitia James has asked for a deposition of former President Trump next month as part of a civil probe into possible fraud by the Trump Organization, a source told NBC News on Thursday. James' office is investigating whether Trump's business committed fraud in reporting the valuations of its properties to banks and tax authorities, NBC reported. The attorney general wants the deposition to take place on Jan. 7 in New York, the source told NBC.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: Senate votes to block Biden vaccine mandate — but measure is unlikely to become law Mark Meadows sues Pelosi, Jan. 6 committee members as they push to hold him in contempt Biden nominates megadonor and former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman to be ambassador to Kenya James' office is working with the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on a separate criminal...
    CNN’s Chris Cuomo is under renewed scrutiny this week after the New York attorney general’s office released correspondence detailing the extent of his efforts to help his scandal-ridden brother — former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). Now his employer said it will conduct a review of the host’s behavior. “The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” said the network in a statement issued on Monday. “We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.” Cuomo had participated in strategy sessions and acted as an adviser to his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo as allegations of sexual misconduct piled up and eventually forced his resignation. The texts and transcripts released on Monday by the attorney general’s office suggest that the television host’s involvement was deeper than previously thought. In one instance, the CNN host sought “intel” on a soon-to-be-published story about his brother in The New Yorker. Chris was in direct communication...
    Two more women have approached the New York state Attorney General's Office reporting allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The fresh allegations come days after the state's Attorney General Letitia James released a report accusing Cuomo of sexually harassing 11 women.  Monday's revelation means the total number of women who've made allegations against Cuomo now stands at 13  Nine of the accusers are either current of former state employees.  As for the additional two women, it is still unclear who they are and what they are alleging Cuomo did to them and when the incidents are alleged to have taken place.  James is not believed to have been briefed on the new allegations, according to the New York Post.   Cuomo has not been seen in public since James' report was released last Tuesday. The governor released a pre-recorded video statement where he denied having ever 'touched anyone inappropriately' suggesting James' investigation had been politically motivated.  Two more women have approached the New York state Attorney General's Office reporting allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo On...
    LETITIA James is the 67th attorney general of New York state. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected attorney general. 2Letitia James is the 67th attorney general of the state of New YorkCredit: AFP or licensors Who is Letitia James? James was born on October 18, 1958, and grew up in Brooklyn. Known as "Tish," she graduated from Lehman College and Howard University School of Law before launching her career as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society. James, a Democrat, was elected public advocate for New York City in 2013 and won the statewide attorney general post five years later. "With decades of work, she is an experienced attorney and public servant with a long record of accomplishments," reads her bio. According to Bloomberg News, she scored a series of legal victories over the Donald Trump administration, including housing discrimination. “No one like her has ever been in this position before, and she is seizing the opportunity,” former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn told...
    Governor Andrew Cuomo faced 11 hours of questioning by the lead investigators in the state attorney general's probe into the sexual harassment allegations against him.  On July 17, Cuomo submitted to questioning under oath by investigators hired by state attorney general Letitia James to lead the probe: Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clarke.  Few details had emerged from the interview until Monday when it was revealed that the governor had reportedly been combative during the lengthy interview; repeatedly hitting back at Kim and questioning his impartiality. Cuomo believes Kim is biased after his past investigations into Cuomo and his allies, according to sources who spoke to the New York Times on condition of anonymity. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (pictured Monday) was reportedly questioned for 11 hours by the lead investigators into the sexual harassment probe against him  The state hired two outside lawyers, Joon H. Kim, left, and Anne L. Clark, right, to lead the investigation into Cuomo. Kim and Clark interviewed Cuomo for roughly 11 hours on July 17  during which he cast doubt on Kim's impartiality after...
    A number of New York state legislators have expressed frustration with the pace of the impeachment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and have floated the idea of continuing based on an outside report, The Wall Street Journal reports. These legislators told the newspaper that they think a state attorney general probe into the sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo will be completed before the New York Assembly Judiciary Committee completes its investigation. New York Attorney General Letitia James began investigating the claims at the beginning of March, the Assembly’s impeachment probe started in mid-March, and focuses on the harassment allegations and other issues, such as the reporting of deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic, the use of state resources to help with Cuomo’s memoir, and people close to the governor receiving priority access to COVID-19 tests at the beginning of the outbreak. Last March, 40 Democrat legislators signed a letter calling on Cuomo to resign after the allegations surfaced, but 21 Democrat members signed a different letter saying that Cuomo has the right to due process and that James should be allowed to...
    A New York man was arrested for disability fraud after investigators spotted pictures of him weightlifting on his bodybuilder wife's Instagram. Anthony Ragusa, 50, was arrested on Long Island for collecting more than $200,000 in disability benefits from the Social Security Administration despite allegedly not being disabled, Attorney General Letitia James announced on Friday.  Ragusa claimed he suffered injuries after a fall in 2013 while working as an electrician, according to his disability application form.  He alleged that his injuries were so severe that he had difficulty bending over to put on shoes, walking for more than 15 minutes, and sitting for more than 30 minutes - preventing him from working. However, he collected the benefits until 2020 despite still owning and earning income from a limousine business in New Hyde Park on Long Island. His wife, professional bodybuilder Loly Ragusa, has posted a number of pictures and videos of him lifting heavy weights to her social media accounts and even tagged his White Star Limousine business in them, accounts believed to belong to her show. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    A powerful police union boss in New York City has slammed the state's attorney general after she proposed sweeping reform legislation that would make it 'impossible' for officers to discern if use of force is permitted. Pat Lynch, the head of the Police Benevolent  Association for the City of New York, ripped into the proposal from Attorney General Letitia James while noting that 'violent criminals' are not hesitating in using force against cops. James' proposal, revealed on Friday, comes after her frustrations regarding the lack of prosecution after the death of Daniel Prude - the 41-year-old black man who died while he was handcuffed, naked and had a spit hood placed over his head. 'This sweeping proposal would make it impossible for police officers to determine whether or not we are permitted to use force in a given situation,' said Lynch, who endorsed Donald Trump for president in the 2020 election,' he said. 'The only reasonable solution will be to avoid confrontations where force might become necessary. Meanwhile, violent criminals certainly aren't hesitating to use force against police officers or...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York state Attorney General wants sweeping new legislation to try to hold police more accountable. It would change laws governing excessive use of force. READ MORE: Students Work With Nonprofit Group To Grow And Maintain Hydroponic Farms To Fight Food Insecurity In New York City As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports., the legislation seeks to change New York’s law that justifies police use of force. Attorney General Letitia James says the standard is too high for prosecutors seeking justice against officers who have gone too far, but police say the law will put officers’ lives at risk. “Our goal today is to preserve lives by making sure that under the law lethal force is a last resort,” James said. James says in light of the George Floyd killing and other instances of police brutality, she wants to change the law governing use of force by police “from one of simple necessity to one of absolute last resort, mandating that police officers only use force after all other alternatives have been exhausted.” “It will mandate that...
    New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference, to announce criminal justice reform in New York City, U.S., May 21, 2021.Brendan McDermid | Reuters New York Attorney General Letitia James introduced a measure Friday that would tighten the rules governing the use of force by law enforcement. It would lower what her office calls the "exceedingly high standard for prosecuting police officers" who wrongly take excessive or lethal actions. The centerpiece of the legislation would change the use-of-force law "from one of simple necessity to one of absolute last resort, mandating that police officers only use force after all other alternatives have been exhausted," James' office said in a press release. James at a press conference Friday afternoon invoked the memories of George Floyd and other unarmed men and women of color who have died in altercations with police, directly tying those high-profile deaths to her push for police reform. "At a time of racial reckoning in this country, it's important that we reform the laws and that we provide justice for all individuals who...
    THE NEW York Attorney General's investigation of the Trump Organization has set its sights on Allen Weisselberg, the organization's chief financial officer and a long time Trump associate, it was reported Wednesday. The release of a CNN report that the Attorney General's office is looking into Weisselberg's personal taxes comes less than a day after the Office said it is launching an "active criminal investigation" into the Trump Organization. 7Allen Weisselberg was the Trump Organization's CFO for 40 years. 7The Attorney General is conducting a criminal investigation in the Trump Organization.Credit: AP:Associated Press The investigation will collaborate with the Manhattan DA's ongoing probe into Trump's "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct." Weisselberg handled the Trump Organization's finances for 40 years and took over the company jointly with Eric and Donald Jr. during their father's term in the White House. The Trump Organization CFO has a long history with the former president and was involved in managing the Trump family fortune. Weisselberg shows no signs of cooperation with authorities and recently hired expert tax lawyer Bryan Skarlatos to his legal team....
    By Sonia Moghe and Kara Scannell | CNN New York Attorney General Letitia James is joining the Manhattan district attorney’s office in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization, James’ office said Tuesday. The attorney general office’s investigation into the Trump Organization, which has been underway since 2019, will also continue as an ongoing civil probe, but the office recently informed Trump Organization officials of the criminal component. “We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA,” James’ spokesman Fabien Levy told CNN. “We have no additional comment.” A lawyer for the Trump Organization declined to comment when reached by CNN. James’ office is working with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s Office, whose wide-sweeping probe into the Trump Organization has looked into whether the company misled lenders and insurance companies about the value of properties and whether it paid the appropriate taxes. Vance’s office is examining millions of pages of documents that include...
    A campaign funded by the broadband industry submitted millions of fake comments supporting the 2017 repeal of net neutrality, according to a report released Thursday by the New York Attorney General. The Federal Communications Commission's contentious 2017 repeal undid Obama-era rules that barred internet service providers from slowing or blocking websites and apps or charging companies more for faster speeds to consumers. The industry had sued to stop these rules before they were repealed but lost. The proceeding generated a record-breaking number of comments — more than 22 million. Of those, the attorney general's office calculated that nearly 18 million were fake. One 19-year-old in California submitted more than 7.7 million pro-net neutrality comments. The attorney general's office did not identify the origins of another "distinct group" of more than 1.6 million pro-net neutrality comments, many of which used mailing addresses outside the U.S. A broadband industry group, called Broadband for America, spent $4.2 million generating more than 8.5 million of the fake FCC comments, the report said. Half a million fake letters were also sent to...
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York attorney general authorized to investigate Cuomo’s use of state employees to write leadership book. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Majority of New York state lawmakers have called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign as the governor faces allegations of covering up coronavirus deaths and sexual harassment. The Associated Press notes: At least 121 members of the state Assembly and Senate have said publicly they believe Cuomo can no longer govern and should quit office now, according to a tally by The Associated Press. The count includes 65 Democrats and 56 Republicans. Cuomo’s support in the state Senate was especially thin. Roughly two thirds of its members have called for the Democrat’s resignation, including Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Cuomo has been accused in recent weeks of sexual harassment and unwanted touching from six women and faces an investigation overseen by the New York Attorney General Letitia James. On Thursday, the New York Times first reported that one of the allegations against Cuomo was been referred to Albany authorities by a lawyer for the governor. Albany Police Department officials confirmed to the Times that it is in possession a report regarding an alleged incident at the Executive Mansion involving Cuomo and a...
    By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - New York's attorney general on Tuesday accused a former ice cream shop owner of making a racially motivated false police report against Black protesters outside his store during last summer's nationwide demonstrations over racial inequity and policing. The civil lawsuit filed by Attorney General Letitia James also accused David Elmendorf, who previously owned Bumpy's Polar Freeze in Schenectady, New York, of targeting Black protesters with racist threats while brandishing an air rifle and a baton. "The charges against David Elmendorf should serve as a warning that hate crimes will not be tolerated on my watch and we will not allow any individual to use the color of someone's skin as a weapon," James said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. The case is the first use of a new state law that allows the attorney general's office to sue an individual who summons a police officer under false, racially motivated pretenses, James said. The law was enacted last summer after a high-profile case in which a white woman, Amy Cooper, called police and falsely told...
    New York : New York Attorney General Leticia James Photo: Michael M. Santiago / . President Joe biden kept his promise of suspend deportations, which he did for 100 days, in order to review the policies to be followed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, but his initiative faces a lawsuit from the Texas Attorney. Judge Drew tipton has blocked the moratorium for two 14-day periods, but a group of 16 prosecutors led by the New York Attorney General, Letitia james they joined the defense of the Biden Administration. Sofia Quintanar, head of Hispanic media at the Attorney General of Nueva Yor, explains to Daniel Parra, of City without Limits, already Jesus Garcia, of The newspaper, how Prosecutor James and other prosecutors joined this legal battle and what their help consists of. What is an ‘amicus’? Why is it important for a coalition of prosecutors to join the legal battle for immigrants? What are other successful efforts that Attorney James has led on behalf of immigrants? Why is it important to defend immigrants...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James sued two anti-abortion activists, alleging the pair was "harassing clinic patients, staff, and escorts" during prolonged protests in front of a Manhattan Planned Parenthood clinic in 2020. The Democratic prosecutor filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Bevelyn Beatty, an outspoken abortion critic who has thousands of social media followers, and Edmee Chavannes, alleging that the duo was "blocking access to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s (PPGNY) Manhattan Health Center and threatening those entering with violence and other intimidating and disruptive behavior," according to a press release. Alongside the litigation, which seeks to bar the activists from an 18- to 30-foot range near the clinic, is a preliminary injunction that seeks to stop the pair's conduct, which has persisted since February 2019. “For almost 50 years, Roe v. Wade has made clear the right of women to control their own bodies,” James said in a statement. “Despite the clear protections under the law, these individuals used violent and illegal tactics to harass,...
    Reuters February 9, 2021 0 Comments As former U.S. President Donald Trump goes to trial this week in the Senate on charges of inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, criminal and civil investigations into his businesses are accelerating in New York. Manhattan prosecutors probing Trump’s real-estate business for possible insurance and tax fraud have stepped up witness interviews in recent months and hired forensic accountants, four people familiar with the criminal probe told Reuters. A separate state attorney general’s civil probe into whether the business falsely reported property values got a boost on Jan. 29, when a New York Supreme Court judge ordered the Trump Organization to turn over documents. A U.S. Supreme Court decision is expected soon on whether Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr can obtain eight years of Trump’s tax records and other financial information from accounting firm Mazars. Two people familiar with the district attorney’s criminal probe expect the court to act this month. Both the district attorney and the attorney general are focused in part on whether Trump’s businesses improperly falsified values on...
    By Jason Szep, Joseph Tanfani and Peter Eisler (Reuters) - As former U.S. President Donald Trump goes to trial this week in the Senate on charges of inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, criminal and civil investigations into his businesses are accelerating in New York. Manhattan prosecutors probing Trump’s real-estate business for possible insurance and tax fraud have stepped up witness interviews in recent months and hired forensic accountants, four people familiar with the criminal probe told Reuters. A separate state attorney general’s civil probe into whether the business falsely reported property values got a boost on Jan. 29, when a New York Supreme Court judge ordered the Trump Organization to turn over documents. A U.S. Supreme Court decision is expected soon on whether Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr can obtain eight years of Trump’s tax records and other financial information from accounting firm Mazars. Two people familiar with the district attorney’s criminal probe expect the court to act this month. Both the district attorney and the attorney general are focused in part on whether Trump’s businesses improperly...
    (CNN)The New York state Department of Health undercounted Covid-19 deaths among nursing home residents by approximately 50%, according to a report released Thursday by the state attorney general's office. The report by Attorney General Letitia James preliminarily concluded deaths were underreported based on a survey of 62 nursing homes, a roughly 10% sample of total facilities across the state.The report, which did not name the nursing homes surveyed, detailed one facility where deaths were underreported to the Department of Health by as many as 29 deaths. "A facility reported five confirmed and six presumed COVID-19 deaths at the facility as of August 3 to DOH. However, the facility reported to OAG a total of 27 COVID-19 deaths at the facility and 13 hospital deaths -- a discrepancy of 29 deaths," the report says.According to the report, preliminary data suggests there were nursing home residents who were transferred from their nursing homes and later died from Covid-19 in hospitals, which is not reflected in the Department of Health's public data.Read MoreJames' office continues to investigate the discrepancies, according to the report....
    New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and its leadership for their alleged “brutal, and unlawful force against peaceful protesters.” “There is no question that the NYPD engaged in a pattern of excessive, brutal, and unlawful force against peaceful protesters,” James said in a statement. “Over the past few months, the NYPD has repeatedly and blatantly violated the rights of New Yorkers, inflicting significant physical and psychological harm and leading to great distrust in law enforcement. With today’s lawsuit, this longstanding pattern of brutal and illegal force ends.” “No one is above the law – not even the individuals charged with enforcing it,” the statement continued. Following a investigation into allegations of police brutality against protesters, James alleged in the suit that members of the NYPD have a “pattern of responding to racial justice and related protests with gratuitous force.” Since May 30, her office has received more than 1,300 complains and pieces of evidence of misconduct, the statement said. (RELATED: Biden Says Black Lives Matter Protesters Would ‘Have...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York attorney general sues NYPD, saying rough treatment of spring protesters part a longstanding pattern of abuse. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing the New York City Police Department and its leadership over its "excessive, brutal and unlawful" handling of George Floyd protests, James said in a news release. James also wants to install an external monitor to oversee the department's policing tactics.The suit, filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, comes after a monthslong investigation into the NYPD's actions during protests over the killing of Floyd that found that officers allegedly used "indiscriminate, unjustified, and repeated use of batons, pepper spray, bicycles and a crowd control tactic known as 'kettling' against peaceful protestors," the release said. "There is no question that the NYPD engaged in a pattern of excessive, brutal, and unlawful force against peaceful protesters," said James. "Over the past few months, the NYPD has repeatedly and blatantly violated the rights of New Yorkers, inflicting significant physical and psychological harm and leading to great distrust in law enforcement."Read MoreThe suit names the NYPD, the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan as...
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