A federal judge threw out Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, allowing her three-year probe into his real estate to continue.
U.S. District Just Brenda Sannes’ ruling came one day after a New York appeals court ruled Trump must answer questions under oath in James’ probe, upholding a lower-court ruling that compelled him to sit for a deposition.
Sannes said she based her decision on case law that, in most cases, bars federal judges from interfering in state-level investigations.
‘In a big 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 won´t stop us from completing our lawful, legitimate investigation.’
Trump sued James in December, just after she issued a subpoena for his testimony.
The former president alleged that her investigation is politically motivated, because she was an ‘an outspoken political activist and member of the Democratic Party.’
His lawyers noted that she had held multiple different Democratic offices and had launched a run for governor often citing her challenges to Trump.
In a video announcing her candidacy for governor, they noted that James boasted she had ‘sued the Trump Administration 76 times, but who is counting?’
Trump’s lawyers said that James’ suit violated his 14th Amendment due process rights by launching ‘investigations against Plaintiffs in bad faith and without a legally sufficient basis’ and violated First Amendment rights by seeking to stifle free speech and retaliate for his political views.
James responded that Trump’s lawsuit was a sudden ‘collateral attack’ on her investigation and that there was no legal basis for it and no evidence to support his claim that the probe is purely political.
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