Donald Trump and family against Letitia James in Court

Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, President Trump, Donald Trump, Jr.

Speaks out of contempt and insults to the Empire State’s top prosecutor, Donald Trump attorneys argued in court on Thursday that the New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is pursuing her client “probably because he can win again in ’24.”

Throughout the attorney general’s investigation, Trump and his family have stated that they are being targeted for political prosecution based on James’ comments about the campaign trail. James brags about her track record for suing Trump and calling him “the illegitimate president.” Attorney Trump Alina Habba says that James rhetorically convicts Trump of a crime he has never been charged with when she said during the campaign: “We need to find out where he laundered money.”

“If you and I behave the way she behaves, we will be brought before the ethics committee,” Habba told Manhattan Supreme Court Justice. Arthur Engoronreferring to James.

Attempts to disdain James, a hotheaded Habba, are repeatedly reminded by the judge and his secretary not to interrupt them to try to tarnish the attorney general’s motives. Habba considers his client Trump to be the victim of “discrimination of opinion” and a man who was persecuted because of “protected class,” a phrase that refers to categories such as race. legal race, sex, religion and color.

That doesn’t describe Trump, Engoron noted, and he cast doubt on the broader arguments of selective prosecutions.

“How do we know that the motive is Donald Trump’s speech and not his financial activities?” Engoron said, noting that Trump’s beliefs are not in the roughly 600 documents in the notebook.

Kevin WallaceActing Attorney General of the Office of Investor Protection, quotes former Manhattan District Attorney By Robert Morganthau line about Trump’s described mentor Roy Cohn.

“A man isn’t prosecuted just because a US attorney doesn’t like him,” Morganthau replied when Cohn complained about an alleged politician.

Over the years, James has investigated the 45th president’s company, claiming — among other assertions — that it nearly tripled the size of his Trump Tower or tax benefits, does not assign value to the Trump brand and may have used “false or misleading asset valuations” on six properties to obtain economic benefits.

In their first hearing since the accounting firm Mazars severing ties with him, Trump and his children consider the attorney general’s investigation to be politically motivated and try to quell it. summons and the takedown requests are unfair.

Lawyer Alan FuterfasControversy for children Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr.emphasizes that the stakes of what started as a civic poll are very high.

“Without a doubt, she said she was having a criminal investigation,” Futeras said, referring to James. “She said it over and over.”

Futerfas noted that James contributed to the former Manhattan District Attorney By Cyrus Vance (D) investigating the crime that led to charge filed against the Trump Organization and its former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg. That case and probe are now under the control of Alvin Bragg (D), who was sworn in as Manhattan’s top prosecutor on New Year’s Day.

“I am not saying this, for your honor,” noted Futerfas. “She said this. Miss James said this. “

Calling the situation “unprecedented,” Futerfas argued that the attorney general’s office was using the civil investigation to circumvent the grand jury process.

“It’s never happened before,” Futerfas said. “We’ve never seen it happen.”

Engoron countered that the Constitution provided protection against his client’s self-incrimination: the Fifth Amendment.

“Can’t they refuse to answer?” Engoron said. “Isn’t that what Eric Trump has done 500 times?”

Impeached shortly before the 2020 presidential election, Eric Trump actually invoked his Fifth Amendment rights to resist incriminating himself more than 500 times, according to the attorney general’s filings last month. January. Futerfas asserts that this puts his clients at a disadvantage because asserting their constitutional rights in the criminal process could harm them in the civil process. In criminal law, a refusal to respond to legal authority cannot be used against someone.

In the civil process, such a refusal may lead to an “adverse inference” being made.

Trump’s Other Lawyers Ron Fischetti “This is a unique case,” told the judge. This is the former president of the United States.”

If Trump’s answer to impeachment was made public in a filing, Fischetti noted: “It would be on the front page of every newspaper in the world.”

Fischetti signaled an upcoming appeals battle if Engoron ruled against Trump and his children.

“If you decide that this subpoena cannot be revoked, please — I beg you, I plead with you — give your decision but give us time to appeal.” Fischetti said.

Justice Engoron replied that he tries to give litigants the chance to appeal to the appellate department “before something bad happens”.

“I am not mistaken,” Engoron noted.

“Thank you, sir,” Fischetti replied.

Engoron said he would announce his decision by 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

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