Trump blames ‘prosecutor misconduct’ for allegation of contempt

Former President Donald Trump has blamed “prosecution misconduct” by New York Attorney General Letitia James for holding him in contempt for refusing to return documents.

James announced Thursday that she was taking legal action against Trump for failing to comply with a subpoena issued as part of a New York state civil investigation into his financial transactions. The attorney general filed a motion for contempt with the New York County State Supreme Court, seeking to fine the former president $10,000 for every day that he refuses to produce documents. were.

After a while Trump issued a Statement She argued that he was the victim of “horrific and unjustified political persecution and persecution”, while calling James’ allegation of contempt a “violation of my civil rights”.

Former President Donald Trump said that “prosecutor misconduct” was indicted for New York Attorney General Letitia James, seeking to hold her in contempt for not complying with a subpoena. Trump is pictured speaking during a rally near Washington, Michigan on April 2, 2022.
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“This is a continuation of the biggest witch hunt ever by a failed attorney general who continues to use his office for political gain after a disastrous and shameful attempt to run for governor,” Trump said in a statement. ” “This Democrat accusatory misconduct began when I came down the escalator at Trump Tower, and has continued in an effort to silence a president who is leading every single vote.”

“I’ve been scrutinized by Democrats more than Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Al Capone,” it continues. “This has been going on for years, and in all respects, I have been innocent. Letitia James is no longer serving as Attorney General, she is an operative for the Democrat Party in a political prosecution. Done via New York It’s been hell, and that’s an embarrassment to our legal system.”

Trump’s statement also touted his record as a “popular former president.” A Gallup poll released at the end of Trump’s presidency found That he had the lowest approval rating of any president ever, ending at 34 percent approval by the time he left office.

The investigation, led by James, focused on allegations that the Trump Organization artificially altered the value of its assets for financial gain. She summoned Trump to present the relevant documents earlier this year, but he refused to comply and began objecting to the summons.

New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Angoron overruled Trump’s objections and ordered the former president to “comply in full” with the subpoenas. Trump launched a fresh round of objections on March 31, the day of the extended deadline to comply. James’ office issued a statement calling the new objections “unfounded.”

The Attorney General is under investigation with a parallel criminal investigation led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Earlier this year, Trump accused James and Bragg, who are both black, of participating in “political and racist attacks” against him.

When filing a contempt motion on Thursday, James explained in a Statement That his office was “seeking the court’s immediate intervention because no one is above the law.”

“The judge’s order was quite clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our summons and hand over the relevant documents to my office,” James said. “Instead of following a court order, Mr. Trump is trying to avoid it.”

A spokesman for the Trump Organization said in a statement newsweek That the contempt motion was “completely baseless”, it was described as “simply more harassment and the latest chapter in AG’s continuing witch hunt”.

The spokesman said Trump left the organization in 2017 “and any accountable documents previously provided by the Trump Organization to the AG.”

newsweek reached out to James’ office for comment.

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