After years of verbal jousting, New York Attorney General Tish James’s lawsuit against and former President Donald Trump has cracked open a new chapter.
The battle between James and Trump has lasted for four years. In her 2018 campaign for attorney general, James vowed to pursue Trump, saying he was an “illegitimate president” who is “incompetent”, “ill-equipped,” and an “embarrassment.”
Trump has called James, who is the first Black woman to hold statewide office in New York, a “racist” prosecutor. He has complained that James is engaged in a “witch hunt” against him. He continues to knock James as she runs for reelection in November.
Now the lawsuit against Trump, his company, and his children almost feels overdue.
James seeks to bring down the Trump Organization, limit it from doing business for five years and repay $250 million in what she claimed was illegally obtained.
“Another Witch Hunt by a racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who failed in her run for Governor, getting almost zero support from the public, and now is doing poorly against Law & Order A.G. candidate, highly respected Michael Henry,” Trump rattled in a post on his social media site, Truth Social.
The courts have specifically rejected claims that James’s case is politically motivated.
“With regards to the name calling, as you know, they basically attempted to delay this investigation. Two judges have dismissed those claims of a witch hunt. So I give no credence to the names that he has referred to me,” James said.
Trump has been stewing over James since she vowed in her 2018 campaign to make Trump’s actions a top target. As James’s investigation has progressed, the legal and verbal sparring between the attorney general and the former president has escalated.
Trump sued James last year in an attempt to halt her legal probe, claiming it was “baseless” and motivated solely by her desire to harass a political opponent. A judge dismissed Trump’s suit in May.
Trump’s tirades have not swayed the courts.