On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, accusing her of waging a “crusade” against him and his “great and upstanding businesses that have done nothing wrong.”
The suit, filed in Florida’s Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, comes on the heels of James’ own lawsuit accusing the former president and his family business of decades of fraud.
As her case moves forward, the attorney general has asked a court to appoint a watchdog or monitor to review a Trump trust that owns the Trump Organization.
Trump has vehemently opposed the request, calling it a politically motivated overreach and claiming she lacks jurisdiction because the trust is “governed by Florida law.”
According to the former president’s lawyers, James waged a “war of intimidation and harassment” in order to “steal, destroy, or control all things, Trump.”
“Crooked and highly partisan James now thinks it is the business of the State of New York to go after my revocable trust and pry into my private estate plan only to look for ways to recklessly injure me, my family, my businesses, and my tens of millions of supporters,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social media platform.
“If I were not elected President of the United States, and now leading in the polls by substantial margins against both Democrats and Republicans, this would not be happening.”
In a statement issued Wednesday, James’ office cited other Trump lawsuits that had been dismissed in recent months, while promising that the attorney general would keep working.
“We sued Donald Trump because he committed extensive financial fraud. That fact hasn’t changed, and neither will our resolve to ensure that no matter how powerful or political one might be, no one is above the law,” her office told Axios.
In September, James filed a civil lawsuit against Trump, three of his adult children, and the Trump Organization, accusing the former president of “staggering” levels of deception.
According to the lawsuit, Trump and his family business lied to lenders and insurance companies, overvaluing his assets by billions of dollars in order to obtain favorable loans.
James’ office hopes to have Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump barred from doing business in New York and to have them pay approximately $250 million in restitution.
Her office lacks the authority to file criminal charges, so the case has been referred to federal prosecutors in Manhattan.