The former reality TV game show host and aspiring authoritarian dictator, Donald Trump, seems intent on advertising to the world just how frightened he is of his future that is filled with legal jeopardy and multiple civil and criminal prosecutions. He demonstrated that fear on Saturday by whining petulantly about Democrats as “vicious, violent, and Radical Left thugs” because “All the Democrats want to do is put people in jail.”
Trump is right, sort of. Democrats do want to put people who have committed crimes in jail. And that's precisely what Trump is so worried about. He knows what he's done. Consequently, he is now escalating his war on justice with a preposterous lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump was brought to this panicky point because James is investigating the well documented corruption of his real estate business. In his complaint, Trump asserts that…
“The investigations commenced by James are in no way connected to legitimate law enforcement goals, but rather, are merely a thinly-veiled effort to publicly malign Trump and his associates. Her mission is guided solely by political animus and a desire to harass, intimidate, and retaliate against a private citizen who she views as a political opponent.”
Trump's suit seeks to prohibit the Attorney General from conducting investigations and taking part in any legal actions against him or his crime syndicate. He further alleges that James is engaging in an attempt to undermine him politically and violate his constitutional rights. As usual, he doesn't bother to present any evidence to support his absurd and vengeance-driven allegations. What he does is release a statement (via his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill) that is overtly threatening:
“Tell Letitia that she is not dealing with the Cuomo brothers, a corrupt Governor in a corrupt state, including your office and others, and Fredo, who did the Governor’s dirty work for him.”
Trump's statement went on to brag that he endured “many years of investigation that nobody else could have survived.” He must have forgotten that he was impeached twice; his phony “university” was found guilty of fraud and forced to pay out $25 million to his victims; his crooked “charity” was shuttered and he and his family strictly constrained in running any other non-profit in New York for five years. And there is still pending litigation against him by women alleging that he sexually harassed and/or assaulted them.
Nevertheless, Trump is predictably calling the investigation in New York a (what else) “Witch Hunt.” Then he lashes out personally at James saying that she “should not be in office,” and that her decision not to run for governor (so that she could concentrate on the Trump case) indicated that the people of New York rejected her. But Trump's impotent insult ignores that fact that James is still popular and is expected to win her reelection campaign for Attorney General.
James issued a brief reply to Trump's Monday morning tirade:
“The Trump Organization has continually sought to delay our investigation into its business dealings and now Donald Trump and his namesake company have filed a lawsuit as an attempted collateral attack on that investigation. To be clear, neither Mr. Trump nor the Trump Organization get to dictate if and where they will answer for their actions. Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law, not even someone with the name Trump.”
So Trump's attempt to bully James utterly failed to intimidated her. His pathetic lawsuit is likely to be laughed out of court. And the other pending cases against him will go forward as well. Trump will have to sit for depositions, which are likely to result in new charges of perjury when he invariably lies. And he will continue to whine until he manages to hire a competent attorney who isn't afraid to tell him to shut up. But don't hold your breath on that one.
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