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Donald Trump Not above the Law Says New York Attorney General

Letitia James celebrates court judgement compelling ex-president to pay $110,000 fine for ignoring subpoenas

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UNITED STATES: On Tuesday, the attorney general of New York state said that Donald Trump is “not above the law.” This was in response to a decision by an appeals court that the former president must pay a $110,000 fine for ignoring subpoenas in a fraud investigation into his company and finances.

“Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump is not above the law,” Letitia James said in a statement.

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“For years, he tried to stall and thwart our lawful investigation into his financial dealings, but today’s decision sends a clear message that there are consequences for abusing the legal system. We will not be bullied or dissuaded from pursuing justice,” she added.

The fifth amendment to the Constitution’s prohibition against self-incrimination was used more than 400 times, according to a video of Trump’s deposition that was made public last month.

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In April 2022, a New York state court punished Trump for contempt. He made a plea. A judge capped the fine at $110,000.

James filed a large civil suit against the four Trumps in September. She said that they used fake documents to make money and get loans for themselves.

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The complaint wants to stop the former president, his three children, and the Trump Organization from holding executive positions in New York for five years and from buying commercial property or getting loans from state-based organizations.

At the time, it was alleged that Trump’s attorneys tried to prevent him from bringing the lawsuit. Trump dropped two lawsuits against James in January, not long after he and a lawyer were fined $1 million for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, whom he beat in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump is now one of the two officially announced contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential candidacy. Trump is in serious legal trouble, in contrast to Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and United Nations ambassador, who entered the race on Tuesday.

Prosecutors are also looking into a 2016 hush money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels in New York, where the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer were recently found guilty of tax fraud. In addition, a trial will be held in New York over author E. Jean Carroll’s claims that Trump sexually assaulted her before defaming her.

Prosecutors in Georgia are reportedly close to accusing Trump of attempting to manipulate the nation’s election.

Trump’s attempted electoral interference, including his encouragement of the deadly January 6 Capitol attack, is being looked into in Washington, DC, by Jack Smith, a special counsel appointed by US attorney general Merrick Garland. He is also looking into Trump’s retention of classified material.

Also Read: Nikki Haley announces 2024 Presidential Campaign as First Republican Trump Challenger


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