New York State Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James‘ decision to end her brief gubernatorial campaign has derailed the prospects of her becoming the first Black woman governor in American history next year. But, on the flip side, the move also effectively puts Donald Trump and the Trump Organization on heightened notice that the Empire State’s top law enforcement official has apparently renewed her resolve to bring about their demise.
James’ decision to seek re-election as attorney general was likely bittersweet for those who supported her lofty political ambitions, but it probably left a much worse taste in the mouths of the former president as a tax fraud investigation into his core business makes significant progress.
“I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” James tweeted Thursday afternoon before sending a direct shot at Team Trump: “There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job. I am running for re-election to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do.”
James’ announcement came on the same day the Washington Post first reported that her office intends to depose Trump in an effort to find out whether the practice of tax fraud “permeated the Trump Organization.”
The Trump Organization responded with its typical mix of vitriol and cliche that didn’t help its cause.
“This is another political witch-hunt,” the Trump Organization said in a brief statement. “The only focus of the New York AG is to investigate Trump, all for her own political ambitions … This political prosecution is illegal, unethical and is a travesty to our great state and legal system.”
Although James didn’t reference Trump in her announcement to end her gubernatorial campaign, has been laser-focused on the ongoing civil and criminal investigations in New York since her office launched the probe in 2019. That’s when she issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank to obtain records related to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills.
James was interested in accessing a wide range of documents that include loan applications, mortgages, lines of credit and other financing transactions in connection with the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Congressional testimony from Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen prompted the investigation.
The investigation into Trump and the Trump organization came just three months after James was sworn in as New York’s first Black woman attorney general.
“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” James said at the time.
She was not lying.
New York Attorney General Letitia James Is Coming For Trump's Entire Family
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Letitia James is about to exceed Mueller as Trump's biggest fear! She's a black woman who has the power of the law - a mandate - to investigate & charge to the fullest extent of the law Trump, his kids, his associates & members of his campaign, transition team and administration. https://t.co/ZnNR5oYtLP— Aisha K. Staggers (@AishaStaggers) December 12, 2018
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This powerful and very sharp prosecutor is the new Attorney General we elected in NY State. She’s gonna look in every nook and cranny of Donald Trump’s Empty barrel of an empire. Get to know the name Letitia James. https://t.co/KjjDy8I2Cq— Pete Dominick (@PeteDominick) December 12, 2018
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I interviewed Letitia James (@tishjames) years ago. She is an unapologetic boss who who has consistently followed through with her promises to NY. Considering Trump's attacks on Black women, wouldn't it be sweet victory if Trump was taken down by a Black woman? pic.twitter.com/blHMHpzieN— Clay 'Critical Thinking Theory' Cane (@claycane) December 12, 2018
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Letitia James will rise as a heroine of the Resistance. The rule of law is on our side and now we have an excellent NY attorney general to pursue the Trump crime family from their tawdry base of operations. https://t.co/H0ohc2SlGJ— Suzanne Trimel “pro Democracy” (@STrimel) December 12, 2018
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Letitia James, I love you already. Good luck and may the Force be with you.— Betty Walden (@BettyWalden13) December 12, 2018
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Trump has repeatedly shown more contempt for the intelligence of black women than any other group that he’s insulted.— Skeevy Wonder (@larryjamad) December 12, 2018
It will be so satisfying to see Letitia James absolutely thrash him. And his kids.
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