Former President Donald Trump continued his criticism of New York Attorney General Letitia James after his latest court appearance in his civil fraud trial on Tuesday, ripping her for “smirking” in the courtroom.
In a post to his Truth Social platform, he began, “Racist A.G. Letitia James is smirking all day long from her seat in Court, as New York continues to set records in murder and other violent crimes, and businesses flee to other States.”
“‘This is a law that’s rather bazar [sic], this is a law that doesn’t require any victims (there are none, except me!), it doesn’t require anyone to lose money – the banks didn’t complain here, they made money. You have a (Trump Hating!) Attorney General who’s seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages when not a single penny was lost by these banks, and that’s part of this (Unconstitutional!) Law…You can see from the reaction of A.G. James, every morning from that seat, that she is enjoying this, enjoying it a bit too much.’ Law Professor Jonathan Turley. THIS LAW HAS NEVER BEEN USED FOR THIS BEFORE. It is both Unconstitutional and very UNFAIR! No businesses will come to New York, only continue to leave. The whole case is RIGGED from D.C. It is ELECTION INTERFERENCE. OUR COUNTRY IS BROKEN & CORRUPT!!!
Reports noted that James was spotted smirking as Donald Trump Jr. took the witness stand in a New York City courtroom on Monday. The trial appears to be somewhat pointless, given that Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over it, previously ruled that Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, are civilly liable for inflating the worth of assets in order to secure better loan rates. However, he has not yet decided on a penalty; James is seeking $250 million in fines and a ban on Trump doing any business in the state.
Critics have accused her of filing the lawsuit out of political animus after she campaigned for the office on a promise to ‘get’ the former president.
NY AG Letitia James caught smirking as Don Jr. takes the stand at Trump civil trial https://t.co/rzNcfQGLMv— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 14, 2023
Following his court appearance earlier this week, Don Jr. also tore into James and predicted that New York City would “beg” businessmen like his father to return after many have bailed on the Big Apple in recent years due to rising quality of life issues.
“This is about the attorney general going after and prosecuting her political enemies,” Don Jr. declared, adding that the financial statement that was at the center of the case had nothing to do with him or his brother Eric Trump.
“My brother and I had nothing to do with it, but it doesn’t matter because it’s a witch hunt,” Trump said.
He called James “an overzealous attorney, an overzealous attorney general who would destroy all of New York business by going after transactions where there are no victims.”
Trump argued that the most important thing about this case is how it will hurt businesses in New York.
“That’s what you get from the Democratic Party in New York these days, it seems,” he told reporters. “It’s a scary precedent. I don’t know how anyone could do business in this city with that. Anyone you speak to who’s actually in banking, who’s actually in real estate understands that, but again, they don’t want to put themselves in the crosshair, so perhaps they’ll be silent. So it’s a disgrace that this is happening right now.”
“Hopefully, one day, the people of this great city will realize what’s going on,” Trump said. “They’ll realize the destructive practices here. They’ll realize just how insane that is. And they’ll be begging for guys like Donald Trump to come back to New York City to reshape the skyline as he’s done for decades.”