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Donald Trump sues New York AG Letitia James over continued investigation into his business

Former President Donald Trump has sued New York Attorney General Letitia James, seeking to end her civil investigation into his business practices.

In the lawsuit, filed two weeks after James requested that Trump sit for a Jan. 7 deposition, Trump alleges the investigation has violated his constitutional rights in 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,” the former president’s lawyers wrote in the suit.

Trump is seeking a permanent injunction barring James, a Democrat, from investigating him and a declaratory judgment stating that she has violated his rights.

James has spent more than two years looking at whether Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, misled banks or tax officials about the value of assets, inflating them to gain favorable loan terms or minimizing them to reap tax savings.

James’s investigators last year interviewed one of Trump’s sons, Trump Organization executive Eric Trump, as part of the probe. Her office went to court to enforce a subpoena on the younger Trump and a judge forced him to testify after his lawyers abruptly canceled a previously scheduled deposition.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is conducting a parallel criminal investigation into Trump’s business dealings. Although the civil investigation is separate, James’ office has been involved in both.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: POLITICO

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