Former President Donald Trump blasted New York state Democratic Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday after she announced her office was targeting the Trump Organization with a criminal investigation.
“This is something that happens in failed third world countries, not the United States,” Trump said in a statement. “If you can run for a prosecutor’s office pledging to take out your enemies, and be elected to that job by partisan voters who wish to enact political retribution, then we are no longer a free constitutional democracy.”
CNN reported James’ office said it informed the Trump Organization that its ongoing investigation was “no longer purely civil in nature.”
“We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA,” the AG’s office said.
The Trump Organization is a group of about 500 business entities owned by Donald Trump that include interests in real estate development, investing, brokerage, sales and marketing, and property management.
James is working with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which has investigated whether the Trump Organization misled lenders and insurance companies about the value of properties and whether it paid the appropriate taxes.
CNN reported a person familiar with the investigation said two investigators with James’ office with extensive knowledge of the Trump Organization have joined the team of the DA, Cyrus Vance Jr.
He is the son of Cyrus Vance, former secretary of state under President Jimmy Carter.
Donald Trump Jr. posted a video montage of James vowing during her campaign that she would go after the president if elected.
“There is nothing more corrupt than an investigation in desperate search of a crime,” he wrote on Twitter. “If this isn’t flagrant abuse of political office I don’t know what is! This is banana republic stuff right here and it’s happening in America today.”
There is nothing more corrupt than an investigation in desperate search of a crime. If this isn’t flagrant abuse of political office I don’t know what is! This is banana republic stuff right here and it’s happening in America today. pic.twitter.com/Hlfh4iNXDF
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 19, 2021
James ‘campaigned on prosecuting Donald Trump’
Former President Trump said in his statement that James “literally campaigned on prosecuting Donald Trump even before she knew anything about me.”
“She said that if elected, she would use her office to look into ‘every aspect’ of my real estate dealings,” he said. “She swore that she would ‘definitely sue’ me.”
Trump also noted that James said she would be “a real pain in the ass” for him.
And she made all of those statements before she was elected and “had seen even a shred of evidence,” he pointed out.
Trump said the Manhattan District Attorney’s office “has been going after me for years based on a lying, discredited low life, who was not listened to or given credibility by other prosecutorial offices, and sentenced to 3 years in prison for lying and other events unrelated to me.”
The AG and the DA, he said, are “consumed with this political and partisan Witch Hunt at a time when crime is up big in New York City, shootings are up 97%, murders are up 45%, a rate not seen in 40 years, drugs and criminals are pouring into our Country in record numbers from our now unprotected Southern Border, and people are fleeing New York for other much safer locations to live.”
James and Vance, said Trump, are “possessed, at an unprecedented level, with destroying the political fortunes of President Donald J. Trump and the almost 75 million people who voted for him, by far the highest number ever received by a sitting President.”
He described the investigation as a “continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of the United States.”
“Working in conjunction with Washington, these Democrats want to silence and cancel millions of voters because they don’t want ‘Trump’ to run again,” he said in his statement.
Trump said that after Washington failed to stop him, his opponents “turned it over to New York to do their dirty work.”
The former president said he’s “built a great company, employed thousands of people, and all I do is get unfairly attacked and abused by a corrupt political system.”
“It would be so wonderful if the effort used against President Donald J. Trump, who lowered taxes and regulations, rebuilt our military, took care of our Veterans, created Space Force, fixed our border, produced our vaccine in record-setting time (years ahead of what was anticipated), and made our Country great and respected again, and so much more, would be focused on the ever more dangerous sidewalks and streets of New York,” he said.
“If these prosecutors focused on real issues, crime would be obliterated, and New York would be great and free again!”