An attorney for Donald Trump on Wednesday called the New York attorney general’s lawsuit against the former president and the Trump Organization a product of the office’s “political agenda” and said she looks “forward to defending our client” against the claims.
“Today’s filing is neither focused on the facts nor the law — rather, it is solely focused on advancing the Attorney General’s political agenda,” Alina Habba, a Trump attorney who has represented the former president in New York-based and Trump Organization litigation. “It is abundantly clear that the Attorney General’s Office has exceeded its statutory authority by prying into transactions where absolutely no wrongdoing has taken place. We are confident that our judicial system will not stand for this unchecked abuse of authority, and we look forward to defending our client against each and every one of the Attorney General’s meritless claims.”
New York Attorney General Tish James announced a lawsuit earlier Wednesday against Trump, his three eldest children and the Trump Organization, alleging fraudulent financial practices spanning more than a decade. James also referred the matter to federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service for criminal investigation. Trump himself said the investigation was “terrible” in an appearance Wednesday night on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
“I actually thought because our values are really high. … I actually thought that they would never bring the case. And she brought it,” Trump said to host Sean Hannity. Trump said he was under the impression James wanted to settle, but that he still had a “problem” with the idea of settling, as he felt he wasn’t guilty of anything.