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Trump loses bid to thwart New York AG’s probe of his businesses -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Former President Donald Trump addresses a rally in support of Dr. Mehmet O, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, ahead of the primary election on May 17, 2017, at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Greensburg (PA, U.S.).


NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump lost a lawsuit to block New York State Attorney General Letitia Jam’s investigation into his business practices. The three-year-old probe can now move on.

Trump, a Republican sued James last summer in federal court in Albany. He argued that James, a Democrat was using his case to advance her political career.

In a January court filing, James stated that Trump’s “allegations to political disagreement” cannot shield him from the investigation.

U.S. District Court Judge Brenda Sannes disregarded the suit on Friday. She stated in writing that “no evidence” was provided to show James had conducted his investigation in bad faith.

James stated in a statement that “Noone in this country has the right to choose which law applies to him or her.” We will not stop this investigation.

Alina Habba (Trump’s lawyer) stated that he will appeal the decision. He also said that James “egregious conduct” and his harassing investigation were in violation of the law.

This ruling is the latest in a series of blows to Trump’s numerous challenges to the investigation. A court of intermediate appeals ruled that Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump must all testify in the investigation.

Trump received a $110,000 penalty for failing to answer James’ subpoena. It was one of the conditions to permanently remove a contempt-of-court order that Arthur Engoron had issued against him. Engoron called Trump’s claim that Trump did not possess the documents James required “surprising.”

James stated in January that significant evidence had been found to support the possibility of fraud. Trump denies wrongdoing.

Kevin Wallace was a James lawyer who stated last month at a court hearing that the attorney General will most likely “bring an enforcement action in the immediate future,” but he did not elaborate.