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New York AG Tish James Puts Trump On Notice About His Many Alleged Crimes

New York Attorney General Tish James has been on a roll lately when it comes to her ongoing investigation of Donald Trump and his many alleged crimes.

Not long ago, a judge in the Empire State ruled the Trump Organization has to turn over records involving a property that’s currently the subject of a civil investigation by the AG’s office, according to the Washington Post:

“The documents and communications at issue could help investigators answer questions about a conservation easement that was granted several years ago at the Seven Springs estate in suburban New York’s Westchester Country, a move that netted President Trump’s company a $21 million tax deduction. The materials, which Trump’s lawyers had sought to shield, include messages exchanged between an engineer and a land-use lawyer who worked on Trump’s behalf.”

Additionally, James released a letter she and 15 other state attorneys general had sent to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone before the Trump administration came to an abrupty end reminding the White House they were required to “preserve and maintain” all records — including tweets, notes from private conversations, and emails from private servers that might have been used to conduct government work:

“The Trump Administration shouldn’t have to be told that they need to comply with the law and keep all records of official business, but the last four years have shown that the president needs to be constantly reminded what the law is and how he must comply with it. Even the president’s tweets, the private conversations he had with Russian President Putin, and Ivanka’s private email server must be archived. Every bit of this information belongs to the American people and the White House cannot deprive the public of this information.”

The letter from James to the White House counsel is particularly important because it means that every member of the administration was been placed on notice: If you destroy anything at all, you will be a party to obstruction of justice, which just so happens to be a felony.

But the letter is even more significant because it makes clear that James and many of her associates in other states are actively investigating and could charge Trump and his associates with crimes they committed while conducting their “official” duties.

The biggest danger to Donald Trump has never been from federal charges or courts. It’s the states that will be handing down indictments against the president, his family, his business, and members of his administration. And no presidential pardon can exonerate any of the guilty parties. They will have to stand before the bar of justice and answer for their crimes.

Be afraid, Donald. Be very afraid.

 

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Trump Dealt Major Blow In Court As He’s Forced To Hand Over Incriminating Documents

Donald Trump was dealt a major blow on Friday when a New York judge ordered him to hand over a treasure trove of documents to New York Attorney General Letitia James, according to the New York Times:

“A New York judge on Friday increased pressure on former President Donald J. Trump’s family business and several associates, ordering them to give state investigators documents in a civil inquiry into whether the company misstated assets to get bank loans and tax benefits.”

This is the second time Judge Arthur F. Engoron of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan had ruled against Trump and the Trump Organization in recent weeks:

“In December, he ordered the company, the Trump Organization, to produce records that its lawyers had tried to shield, including some related to a Westchester County, N.Y., property that is among those being scrutinized by the New York State attorney general, Letitia James. On Friday, Judge Engoron went further, saying that even more documents, as well as communications with a law firm hired by the Trump Organization, had to be handed over to Ms. James’s office. In doing so, he rejected the lawyers’ claim that the documents at issue were covered by attorney-client privilege.”

The former president, his family, and his company are also under investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., who suspects that Trump may have committed insurance and tax fraud. A grand jury is already empaneled to investigate those matters and hand down indictments.

When he was president, Trump had a certain level of immunity from prosecution. But those days are long gone and now he’s at the mercy of the courts. Considering his shady past, Trump has much to be worried about.

 

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New York Attorney General: Trump Can’t Pardon His Way Out Of What I Have Planned For Him

There are new reports that President Donald Trump is about to go on a mass pardoning spree, even issuing pardons to people who haven’t requested them, according to Axios.

But New York Attorney General Tish James is making it clear that no matter who Trump pardons — including himself — she won’t be deterred from pursuing her ongoing criminal investigations of the president, members of his family and the Trump Organization, remarking during an appearance on “The View” recently:

“He can preemptively pardon individuals and the vast majority of legal scholars have indicated that he cannot pardon himself. What he could do is step down and allow the vice president, Vice President Mike Pence, to pardon him. I suspect he’ll pardon his family members, his children, his son-in-law and individuals in his administration, as well as some of his close associates. Then I suspect at some point he’ll step down and allow the vice president to pardon him.”

Those pardons, James added, don’t protect Trump or anyone else from being indicted in the Empire State, and she hinted that’s exactly what’s going to happen to the president just as soon as he leaves the White House on January 20:

“It’s important to understand he’s pardoned from federal crimes. He is not pardoned from state crimes. Last year I introduced a bill in the state legislature which would close the pardon loophole so that individuals such as the president of the United States would not evade justice. It’s important we have this check on presidential powers and that the state legislature, I’m so happy they passed that bill and it’s the law in the state of New York. President Trump cannot avoid justice in the great state of New York.”

Donald Trump has more than met his match in Tish James. And it sounds like she’s getting ready to drop the hammer on him and his criminal enterprise.

 

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New York AG Tish James Puts Trump On Notice: My Office Is Coming For You

New York Attorney General Tish James said recently that her office is indeed on the verge of going after President Donald Trump, his company, and his family, telling MSNBC host Ali Velshi:

“In New York, as you know, we have an investigation against the Trump Organization related to financial impropriety and that investigation is ongoing. We will continue that investigation and at this point in time there’s nothing more that I can say other than the fact this they have used every legal attempt to block and deny us information and to witnesses. We filed requests to compel and we were successful. We had the opportunity to question Eric Trump and we are continuing to review all of the documents they have submitted and other witnesses as well — we look forward to questioning them also.”

Velshi then noted that James and New York investigators cannot be hindered by the Department of Justice, no matter who wins on Tuesday:

“To be clear, without telling me any details about the investigation, you are not subject to any other types of rules? There is no immunity that someone can present the president with that limits your ability to pursue these investigations and put whatever charges forward you see fit. As the attorney general of New York, you’re not governed by the Department of Justice or any federal rules?”

James responded that the Trumps have already tried to avoid cooperating with her office and repeatedly gotten court orders compelling the president’s family to cooperate or face contempt of court charges:

“In response to our motion to compel, they raised a number of defenses, including certain immunities but they were all denied by the federal court judge and our motion to compel was successful and, again, we have the opportunity to interview and ask questions to Eric Trump and we were able to secure certain documents that we are reviewing. The reality is is that, as the attorney general, I am guided by the law and the facts and political affiliation and political views are left at the door.”

Oh, and AG James hinted that a big part of the case she’s building against the president, the Trump Organization, and the three eldest Trump children came about thanks to information provided by the president’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen. That alone should terrify the Trumps because Cohen reportedly knows all sorts of dirt about the Trump family and their crimes.

 

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New York Attorney General Tish James Lets Eric Trump Know He’ll Obey Her Subpoena – Or Else

Back in July, Eric Trump was scheduled to comply with a subpoena issued by the office of Tish James, the New York Attorney General and sit for an interview under oath. But two days before he had promised to appear, he backed out.


A month later, James went to court in order to compel Eric, who currently serves as executive vice president of the Trump Organization (aka his daddy’s company), to turn over documents related to an ongoing investigation by her office into whether or not the company has inflated assets in order to lure investors or deflated them when it came time to pay taxes.

Now, however, Eric says he can’t be bothered to comply with a subpoena because he’s far too busy helping campaign for his father, NBC News reports:

“Trump’s lawyer said in a court filing that he needs the delay because of his ‘extreme travel schedule and related unavailability between now and the election and to avoid the use of his deposition attendance for political purposes.'”


That led James to make it clear she’s on the verge of taking even harsher action against Eric and the Trump Organization, noting in a statement:

“While we cannot comment on the particular steps we’re taking on specific litigation, we won’t allow any entity or individual to dictate how our investigation will proceed or allow anyone to evade a lawful subpoena. No one is above the law, period.”

The message James is sending couldn’t be clearer: Your name may be Trump and your father may be the president, but that doesn’t mean shit to me and doesn’t cut a bit of ice in the state of New York.


In New York, failure to comply with a subpoena is considered to be contempt of court, and that can land you in jail until you decide to cooperate. In other words, the longer you remain recalcitrant and drag your heels, the longer you get to stay locked up until you change your mind and start to see things the court’s way.

There’s a chance Eric may get a delay until after the election, but as soon as November 3 comes and goes, he’d best be ready to show up and comply with the AG’s subpoena. Otherwise, he’s going to be wearing an orange jumpsuit and his name will be replaced with an inmate number.

The choice yours, Eric.