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Trump loses bid to thwart New York AG's probe of his businesses

Stock Markets May 27, 2022 06:36PM ET
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday lost a bid to stop New York state Attorney General Letitia James' probe of his business practices, allowing the three-year investigation to move forward.

Trump, a Republican, last year sued James in federal court in upstate Albany, arguing the civil investigation into whether the Trump Organization misled banks and tax authorities about the valuations of its assets should be halted because he felt James, a Democrat, was using the case to further her political career.

James replied in a January court filing that Trump's "allegations of political disagreement cannot insulate" him from the investigation.

U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes dismissed the lawsuit on Friday, stating in a written decision there was "no evidence" that James' investigation was undertaken in bad faith.

"No one in this country can pick and choose how the law applies to them, and Donald Trump is no exception," James said in a statement. "We will continue this investigation undeterred."

Alina Habba, a lawyer for Trump, said in a statement that he would appeal the decision, adding that James' "egregious conduct and harassing investigation" met the definition of bad faith.

The ruling was the latest blow to Trump's various challenges to the investigation. An intermediate state appeals court ruled on Thursday that Trump and his two eldest children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, must testify under oath as part of the probe.

Last week, Trump paid a $110,000 fine for failing to respond to James' subpoena, one of the conditions needed to permanently lift a contempt of court order issued against him by the judge in the case, Arthur Engoron. Trump had said he did not have any documents James sought, a claim Engoron called "surprising."

James said in January that the investigation had uncovered significant evidence of possible fraud. Trump denies wrongdoing.

Kevin Wallace, a lawyer with James' office, said at a court hearing last month that the attorney general will likely "bring some kind of enforcement action in the near future," without elaborating.

Trump loses bid to thwart New York AG's probe of his businesses
 

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gab nea
gab nea Jun 01, 2022 1:56AM ET
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lock him up already!
gab nea
gab nea Jun 01, 2022 1:55AM ET
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trump and desantis and abbott, that's the best candidates you can find in america? nevermind boebbert and greene, where do you find these losers?
gab nea
gab nea May 30, 2022 1:49PM ET
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oh he is also a serial bankrupter!
gab nea
gab nea May 30, 2022 1:48PM ET
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he is a serial loser, anyone backing him is the same.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 30, 2022 4:44AM ET
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what, The Donald lost another court case?  now that's a shocker!
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 30, 2022 4:44AM ET
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You should read the briefing.. shows trump will win lol
Tebogo Phetabosigo
Tebogo Phetabosigo May 30, 2022 12:57AM ET
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Devils without horns
gab nea
gab nea May 27, 2022 10:28PM ET
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go get him James! we've been waiting for years.
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 27, 2022 10:28PM ET
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On what cases?
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First Last May 27, 2022 1:26PM ET
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If Republicans have their way, Republicans can only be prosecuted by Republicans, and Democrats can only by prosecuted by Republicans.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray May 27, 2022 1:26PM ET
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untrue. it's the same both ways.
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LimitUp May 27, 2022 1:26PM ET
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The unhinged
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Brad Albright May 27, 2022 1:16PM ET
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Republicans love crooks, grifters and molesters. Go Amuhrika!
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Todd Gray May 27, 2022 1:16PM ET
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That's upside down & backwards, for the most part.
gab nea
gab nea May 27, 2022 1:16PM ET
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not only that ,republicans groom their children to be mass shooters,
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gab nea yea because gangbangers running around are all republicans 🤣
 
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