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Judge dismisses Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Attorney General Letitia James, allowing New York probe to go on

NEW YORK – A federal judge on Friday dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, allowing the investigation into his business practices to continue.

In a 43-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes said she based her decision on case law that, in most cases, prohibits federal judges from intervening in state inquiries.

Sannes’s decision came a day after the New York Court of Appeals ruled that Trump should answer questions under oath in James’s investigation, upholding a lower court decision asking him to sit for testimony.

“In a landslide victory, a federal court dismissed Donald Trump’s unfounded lawsuit to stop my office’s investigation into his and Trump’s financial dealings,” James said in a tweet. “Frivolous lawsuits will not prevent us from completing our lawful, lawful investigation.”

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Trump sued James in December, shortly after being summoned to testify, resorting to a familiar but rarely successful strategy in an attempt to end the three-year investigation.

Through his lawyers, the former Republican president argued that the investigation was political in nature and that James, a Democrat, had violated his constitutional rights in a “subtle covert attempt to publicly malign Trump and his associates.”

James replied that Trump’s lawsuit was a sudden “side attack” on her investigation and that there was no legal basis for it and there was no evidence to support his claim that the investigation was purely political.

At a May 13 hearing that prompted Sannes’ decision on Friday, a lawyer in James’s office said the investigation was ongoing and that evidence from it could support legal action against the former president, his company or both. .

Attorney Andrew Amer said that “there was a fair amount of evidence that could support the filing of enforcement proceedings”, although no final decision has been made on the filing of such a lawsuit.

Amer, a special legal adviser in James’s office, said the office was “nearing the end” of the political investigation, which James said had revealed evidence that Trump’s company had ascertained the value of assets such as skyscrapers and golf courses in the financial sector. situations for more than a decade.

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