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Federal judge dismisses Trump lawsuit against New York AG to block civil fraud investigation

A US federal judge Friday dismissed former US President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James to stop an investigation of his business practices. The case is in the US District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Trump sued James last year, arguing that the civil investigation into his real estate business was based on political bias against him. James alleges that the Trump Organization misled banks and tax authorities about the valuations of its assets. Trump, however, claims that James is using her office’s power to serve her own political interests. Because of this, Trump argued, his rights were being violated. The original complaint points to public statements made by James against Trump to argue that James, a Democrat, is motivated by partisan bias against Trump, a Republican.

Judge Brenda Sannes, appointed by former US President Barack Obama in 2014, ruled in a 43-page order that there was “no evidence” that James’ investigation into Trump’s business practices was in bad faith. Sannes rejected Trump’s argument that James targeted him out of political animosity, ruling that James had a legitimate basis for investigating the Trump Organization. The ruling stated, “While Defendant’s public statements make clear that she disagrees vehemently with Mr. Trump’s political views, Plaintiffs do not identify what protected speech or conduct Defendant allegedly retaliated against them for or demonstrate any causal connection between any such protected activity and the decision to commence the subpoena enforcement proceeding.”

As a result of this ruling, the investigation into the Trump Organization, which started in 2019, will continue. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department Thursday ruled that Trump and his children must testify regarding the state’s investigation into the Trump Organization.