Judge Screws Over Trump

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

This is not good.

A judge dismissed a federal lawsuit by former President Donald Trump against New York Attorney General Letitia James. The civil investigations looking into Trump’s business dealings are set to continue. 

The lawsuit was filed last year by Trump and the Trump Organization and it was dismissed by Judge Brenda Sannes who noted that the claims of James’s investigation violated their rights and were incorrect. Sannes cited case law which bars federal judges from interfering in state-level investigations as part of the reason for her ruling. This was shown in the court filing with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

“In a big victory, a federal court has dismissed Donald Trump’s baseless lawsuit to stop my office’s investigation into his and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings,” James wrote. “Frivolous lawsuits won’t stop us from completing our lawful, legitimate investigation.”

Trump’s team is looking to appeal the decision according to Alina Habba, one of the attorneys. 

“There is no question that we will be appealing this decision. If Ms. James’s egregious conduct and harassing investigation does not meet the bad faith exception to the Younger abstention doctrine, then I cannot imagine a scenario that would,” Habba stated. 

A day before this decision, the appeals court had decided that Trump’s two adult children, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump, would need to comply with subpoenas issued by James and provided their testimony under oath. 

The lawsuit was originally filed last December following a subpoena for Donald Trump issued by James. Trump had argued that his constitutional rights were being violated by the investigation. 

Trump has also not complied with a court order to turn over documents. Since April 25th for every day that passes he is fined $10,000. Last week he paid a $110,000 fine. 

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