Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit, allowing New York investigation to continue

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FILE – Former President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Greensburg, Pennsylvania May 6, 2022. A federal judge on Friday, May 27, 2022 dismissed Trump’s lawsuit against the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, allowing her civil investigation into her business practices to proceed. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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A federal judge on Friday dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, allowing his civil investigation into his business practices to continue.

In a 43-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes said she based her decision on case law that, in most cases, prohibits federal judges from interfering in state-level investigations. .

Sannes’ decision came a day after a New York appeals court ruled that Trump must answer questions under oath in James’ investigation, upholding a lower court ruling requiring him to sit for a deposition.

“In a major 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 said in a tweet. “Frivolous lawsuits will not prevent us from completing our lawful and legitimate investigation.”

A message seeking comment was left for Trump’s lawyers.

Trump sued James in December, just after she issued a subpoena for his testimony, using a familiar but rarely successful strategy to try to end the three-year investigation.

Through his attorneys, the former Republican president alleged the investigation was political in nature and that James, a Democrat, violated his constitutional rights in a “thinly veiled effort to publicly slander Trump and his associates.” .

James responded that Trump’s lawsuit was a sudden “collateral attack” on his investigation and that there was no legal basis for it and no evidence to support his claim that the investigation is purely political.

At a May 13 hearing that precipitated Sannes’ decision on Friday, a lawyer in James’ office said the investigation was nearing its end and the resulting evidence could warrant legal action against the former president. , his company or both.

The lawyer, Andrew Amer, said “there has clearly been a substantial amount of accumulated evidence which could support the filing of enforcement proceedings”, although a final decision on whether to file such action has not been taken.

Amer, a litigation attorney in James’s office, said the office was nearing the end of the civil investigation. decade.

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