Former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a press conference announcing a category motion lawsuit against big tech corporations on the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 07, 2021 in Bedminster, Latest Jersey.
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A judge on Friday dismissed a federal lawsuit by former President Donald Trump that sought to bar a civil investigation of his business by Latest York Attorney General Letitia James.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes got here a day after a state appeals court in Latest York upheld subpoenas issued by James compelling Trump and two of his adult children to look for questioning under oath as a part of her probe.
Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, last 12 months sued James in federal court within the Northern District of Latest York. The suit claimed the attorney general violated their rights together with her investigation into claims the corporate illegally manipulated the stated valuations of assorted real estate assets for financial gains.
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Trump and his company claimed that James’ “derogatory” comments about him when she ran for office and after her election showed she was retaliating against Trump together with her probe, which was commenced “in bad faith and with no legally sufficient basis.”
Sannes in her ruling Friday dismissing the case wrote, “Plaintiffs could have raised the claims and requested the relief they seek within the federal motion” in state court in Manhattan.
The parties have already got litigated quite a few issues related to James’ investigation in Manhattan Supreme Court.
James, in a prepared statement, said, “Time and time again, the courts have made clear that Donald J. Trump’s baseless legal challenges cannot stop our lawful investigation into his and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings.”
“”Nobody on this country can pick and select how the law applies to them, and Donald Trump is not any exception. As we’ve got said all along, we’ll proceed this investigation undeterred,” James said.
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, in an emailed statement said, “There isn’t a query that we shall be appealing this decision.”
“If Ms. James’s egregious conduct and harassing investigation doesn’t meet the bad faith exception to the Younger abstention doctrine, then I cannot imagine a scenario that will,” Habba wrote, referring to a component of Sannes’ decision.