Donad Trump asks appeals court to quash New York investigation into his assets

Donald Trump’s attorney has asked a federal appeals court to block New York’s investigation into potentially fraudulent asset appraisals at his sprawling real estate company, extending his legal battle over the three-year-old investigation.

New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation is “harassing and overblown” and tainted by Democrats’ political animus toward the former president, Trump attorney Alina Habba said in a brief Tuesday. with the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

The appeal case is progressing even as the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, may be forced to testify against the company after agreeing to plead guilty in a related criminal fraud case brought by the US attorney. district of Manhattan.

James’ press office declined to comment on the appeal brief.

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In May, a federal judge dismissed Trump’s lawsuit against James, ruling that the former president had not presented evidence that the investigation was initiated following animosity. James maintained that she only launched the investigation after longtime Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen testified before Congress that the Trump Organization was “preparing the books,” a claim that society denies.

Habba also claims the lower court misapplied legal precedent that prevents federal lawsuits from interfering with pending state court actions.

“We look forward to the Second Circuit’s careful deliberations on the important issues in this case,” Habba said in a statement. “We strongly believe that the lower court misapplied the law and ignored new issues unique to this case.”

A Manhattan state court judge overseeing a parallel dispute over New York’s subpoenas also ruled James’ investigation valid, saying it “would have been a gross dereliction of duty” had it hadn’t investigated Trump. Following a ruling by that judge, Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump were questioned under oath by James.

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