After New York Attorney General Letitia James asked the state Supreme Court to contempt Donald Trump for failing to comply with subpoena orders in its investigations into his business dealings, the former president alleges that such investigations constitute an “absolute violation” by Donald Trump are his civil rights.
“As president, I had two jobs — to lead our country well and to survive,” he said in a statement from his political action committee, Save America.
“I’ve been investigated by the Democrats more times than Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Al Capone combined,” he said, claiming he was “innocent” on all counts.
“After surviving so many tests, a lot of people have said to me, ‘You must be the cleanest person alive. Nobody else could have survived that.’ But how do I get my reputation back while this unfair persecution goes on endlessly?” he said.
He claimed Ms James “no longer works as Attorney General, she is an associate of the Democratic Party on a political indictment” and an “embarrassment to our legal system”.
In February, New York Judge Arthur Engoron dismissed the former president’s attempt to evade the subpoena, and Mr Trump faced a deadline of March 31 to produce documents as part of a civil investigation into his financial dealings — a date , which all parties agreed to.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump and his children have tried to overturn subpoenas for their testimonies, accusing the attorney general of starting a political witch hunt and have sued their office in federal court to end or withdraw from the investigation.
On April 7, she filed a motion asking the state Supreme Court to convict the former president of failing to produce evidence, proposing a daily fine of $10,000 for each day he refused to comply with a court order.
“The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our subpoena and turn over relevant documents to my office,” she said in a statement. “Rather than comply with a court order, Mr. Trump is attempting to evade it. We call for the court to intervene immediately, because no one is above the law.”
Her office has conducted a wide-ranging civil investigation into the Trump family and their New York-based Trump Organization, which they have accused of “fraudulent or deceptive” practices, including repeatedly misrepresenting the value of assets “in order to obtain a variety of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage and tax deductions.”
No charges have yet been filed, but the filings from her office mark the most detailed account yet following long-standing allegations involving the company and Mr Trump.
The family was ordered to submit a deposition and file documents related to the financial condition of his organization, which his own accountants at Mazars USA recently found unreliable.
Not only did Mr. Trump “fail to comply at all” with the court order, he submitted a “response” to the attorney general’s office “in which he objected to each of the eight document requests in the subpoena on grounds including excess breadth, encumbrance, and lack of specificity.” , according to the application from Mrs. James’ office.
“The order of this court was not an opening offer of a hearing or an invitation to a new round of challenges to the subpoena,” the motion reads. “Rather, it was a court order issued after full disclosure and controversy, during which Mr. Trump could have made, but did not, any of the alleged objections or allegations he has now made.”