Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday labeled New York Attorney General Letitia James a "racist" and "fraud" after she announced the state was suing Trump, his company, and family members.
She is seeking to bar the Trumps from ever running a business in the state again after alleged fraud involving financial statements related to the company.
"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 Truth Social post.
"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!"
In another post, Trump also slammed James for focusing less on fighting crime in the city.
"Attorney General Letitia 'Peekaboo' James, a total crime fighting disaster in New York, is spending all of her time fighting for very powerful and well represented banks and insurance companies, who were fully paid, made a lot of money, and never had a complaint about me, instead of fighting murder and violent crime, which is killing New York State," he wrote on Truth Social.
"She is a failed A.G. whose lack of talent in the fight against crime is causing record numbers of people and companies to flee New York. Bye, bye!"
James in a press conference said New York was suing Trump, Trump Organization officials, and three of Trump's adult children – Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric – seeking at least $250 million in penalties.
She said her suit followed a "comprehensive three-year investigation" involving "interviews with 65 witnesses and the review of millions of documents."
"We're filing a lawsuit against Donald Trump for violating the law as part of his efforts to generate profits for himself, his family, and his company," James said.
"The complaint demonstrates that Donald Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself, and to cheat the system, thereby cheating all of us."
Donald Trump's attorney Alina Habba released a statement following James' announcement.
"Today's filing is neither focused on the facts nor the law — rather, it is solely focused on advancing the attorney general's political agenda," Habba's statement read. "It is abundantly clear that the Attorney General's Office has exceeded its statutory authority by prying into transactions where absolutely no wrongdoing has taken place."
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