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September 22, 2022

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Wednesday that she's bringing a $250 million civil suit against President Trump, three of his adult children, and Trump Organization executives Allan Weisselberg and Jeff McConney for inflating Trump’s net worth and the values of his properties. We learn several things from this:

1. Letitia James is up for re-election on November 8.

2. Letitia James is trying to fulfill her original campaign promise to “get Trump.”

(Yes, she actually ran on this very issue in 2018–- but try as she might, she didn’t have evidence for a criminal case. If she had, she would've brought one.)

3. Letitia James shows us that the weaponization of the federal bureaucracy extends into some of the states as well, certainly her own.

(During her campaign, she said she “would join with other attorneys general across this nation in removing this President from Office.”)

4. Letitia James is up for re-election on November 8. Did I say that already?

5. It’s a good thing --- if you’re Letitia James talking about President Trump –- to say a duly-elected President is illegitimate.

(In a campaign ad from 2018, she said, “I’m running for attorney general because I will never be afraid to challenge this illegitimate President, when our fundamental rights are at stake.”)

6. Last but not least, did I mention that Letitia James is up for re-election on November 8?

See how much we learned? During her campaign in 2018, she smiled into the camera and said, “Oh, we’re going to definitely sue him. We’re gonna be a real pain in the a--. He’s going to know my name personally.” (In other words: Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime. We’ll figure out the charges later.)

A footnote in this new court filing says she’s passing along her findings to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who could possibly open a criminal investigation into bank fraud. Never mind that the Manhattan DA’s office has been investigating Trump and his family for years and finally declined to press criminal charges.

Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment rights when James subpoenaed him last month. In a criminal trial, that is not evidence or even implication of guilt and, under our Constitution, CANNOT lawfully be taken as such. We noted at the time Trump took the Fifth that he was already the target of massive “incoming” lawfare --- the Mar-A-Lago raid, for crying out loud --- and couldn’t possibly have been expected to prepare for every question they might ask. He and his attorneys knew prosecutors were just waiting for him to get some small detail wrong. Can you say “perjury trap”? (And perjury IS criminal.)
At the time, we were glad he'd declined the invitation. But as commentators on the left are gleefully reporting, the jury in a CIVIL trial DOES get to interpret this negatively if they so choose.  I hope jurors understand that if the plaintiff pleads the Fifth hundreds of times, it's only because they're being asked hundreds of questions. If you plead the Fifth for one question, you have to do it for them all.
Last month on Truth Social, Trump said, "I once asked, if you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment? Now I know the answer to that question. When your family, your company and all the people in your orbit have become the targets of an unfounded, politically motivated Witch Hunt, supported by lawyers, prosecutors and the Fake News Media, you have no choice."

James, in her press conference Wednesday, said she’s going after Trump for such nefarious activities as exaggerating the size of his apartment square footage. He did this to “deceive banks and deceive the people of the great state of New York.” She even came up with this really, really clever turn of phrase that no one’s ever thought of before: “the art of the steal.” Isn’t that creative?

Legal expert Harmeet Dhillon said on Tucker's show that James seems “obsessed” with Trump and denies the legitimacy of his election. (Note: it’s fine when Democrats are “election deniers.”) Dhillon noted that James is trailing in the polls and suggested this is really about boosting her ratings. James absolutely could not find any crime on which to indict Trump, so she’s filed a 220-page complaint and gone the civil-suit route instead.

As Dhillon pointed out, fraud has a statute of limitations of six years, and what James is looking at goes back even to before Trump was in office. It’s “stale, old stuff,” she said, “that nobody bothered about until this time.”

And this is key: “What we’re really talking about is valuation of assets that were heavily negotiated with banks.” James’ complaint displays “a shocking naivete about the realties of business, about the realities of how properties are financed...” This is “small-potatoes stuff.” The banks never even complained; there was no victim. If anyone else had done it, it would not be singled out. This is “entirely political,” she said, and “not how an attorney general in the United States should be using their awesome power.”

This report from THE DAILY CALLER includes the statement from Trump attorney Alina Habba. “Today’s filing is neither focused on the facts nor the law,” she said. “Rather, it is solely focused on advancing the Attorney General’s political agenda.”

Kurt Schlichter has some fun with this development in a series of tweets predicting how this “dog’s breakfast of a complaint” will go. He reminds us that you can’t have a civil suit without allegations of harm: “You cannot sue if you did not suffer a loss.” He says “there are reasons to dismiss that just leap off the page.”

They chose a civil suit, he said, because they don’t need proof beyond reasonable doubt, only the standard of “preponderance of the evidence.” Also, “they chose civil ‘fraud’ to impress dumb people.” They filed the suit “in time to influence the election” but not early enough “that this garbage case could be tossed out before the election.”  Though it certainly should be.

RELATED: I don’t always agree with what former Attorney General Bill Barr has to say, but when he’s right, he’s right.

Barr recognizes a “political hit job” when he sees one, and when a politician’s children are dragged into it, that’s a tip-off, he says. Trump’s kids wouldn’t know the details of his personal financial statement.

He thinks this attack on Trump could backfire in a big way, with Trump seen as a sympathetic figure. He said this was “another example of of people piling on because of Trump Derangement Syndrome.”  Letitia James has got it so bad, she really should stay quarantined indefinitely.

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  • Joan D Barnes

    09/26/2022 12:14 PM

    Love your newsletters, Mike. But tell me please, do you think Letitia is planning to run again????lol

  • Patricia Schrade

    09/26/2022 09:53 AM

    It is a never ending saga for Trump. Never in my lifetime has one man ever been so maliciously attacked as he. It is disgraceful! But as the saying goes, the brighter the light the more bugs it attracts!! And Trump was definitely a very bright light for people who had been treated like second class citizens after 8 years of Obama. I consider Trump to be the only one who can save America. He loves the country and it is evident in how he works for the people. I pray the people of this country come to their senses and put party affiliations aside and remove the lunatics that are in office right now and put in those with common sense!!! Praying for Trump and many thanks to you for all you do!!!

  • James Adams

    09/25/2022 08:05 PM

    Where do these menopausal women come from ?
    Sorry not politically correct, but that's me.

  • Ed Thompson

    09/25/2022 06:32 PM

    Ya know there’s no reason for anyone to say “I’ve seen it all now “, because just about the time those words come out of your mouth, something else even more ludicrous happens when it involves the Democrats . Sad that your clam to greatnesses or your desire to be great has to be attached to another attack on Donald Trump. Get in line please, and wait your turn. One failure after another but you might— ha— succeed— Lol— where everyone else has fallen on their face! Ya— just another failed Democrap looking to get free coverage from the media. Her name will be on her dress as a tag at some combination grocery store/gas station and she can tell everyone how great she once was—that is if she actually wants to work for a living like the rest of us do and have. Vote people please to stop people like this from telling you and me how to live our life.

  • T. Ann Carini

    09/25/2022 05:10 PM

    Thank you for the detailed information. What we all are sick of is the Battle against the evil corrupt Democrats- the complete Biden Administration. We are battling against the powers of darkness. Ephesians 6:12

  • Larry Solberg

    09/25/2022 04:25 PM

    James and Liz Cheney are kindred spirits. They should car pool together and go in for treatment for Trump Derangement Syndrome. This is a prime example of people not following God’s Word on forgiving.

  • John Romer

    09/25/2022 03:08 PM

    You know Mike, I have had it up to my eyeballs with these vindictive people who have made it their life's work trying to destroy a man who did more good for this nation in 4 years than the last 4 democrat presidents. Why are they not going after Hunter Biden and his laptop controversy? I hope and pry the new republican congress and senate to get down to work and rescind some of Biden's spending bills and restart domestic oil production and padlock that border.