The Recent York attorney general’s office desires to speed up its tax-fraud lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his three eldest children, and “set a trial date before the tip of 2023.”
The office of Attorney General Letitia James told a Recent York judge on Thursday that it wants “an expedited preliminary conference” to swiftly schedule the trial, citing its allegation that the Trumps are engaged in “an ongoing scheme” of fraud.
“Given the proven fact that this motion involves allegations of an ongoing scheme and conspiracy to acquire hundreds of thousands of dollars through fraudulent activity, and that defendants repeatedly have sought to delay the conclusion of OAG’s investigation, it’s imperative that this case proceed quickly,” wrote Kevin Wallace, a senior counsel for the Division of Economic Justice, in a court filing shared by CNN.
Last week, James filed a $250 million lawsuit against Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump, in search of to forestall them from conducting business within the state and curtail their access to loans.
“Donald Trump falsely inflated his net price by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and to cheat the system, thereby cheating all of us,” James told reporters on the time.
Trump lawyer Alina Habba on Wednesday sought to get the case reassigned to the state court’s business division, alleging in a court filing obtained by CNN that James’ office was attempting to “judge shop.”
The case was later assigned to State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, who previously held Trump in contempt of court for refusing to show over documents James had requested.
James’ office on Thursday said Engoron should remain on the case, adding the judge has spent over two years overseeing “the conduct of the investigation that led to this enforcement proceeding.”
“Allowing for an expedited trial schedule on an enforcement proceeding after extensive litigation over subpoena enforcement is precisely the circumstance that warrants keeping this case before Justice Engoron within the interests of judicial economy,” Wallace wrote.