Former President Donald Trump was less than 10 minutes into speaking at a rally aimed at boosting Republican candidates in North Carolina when he turned his attention to a candidate who will appear on the ballot 437 miles away in the state he once called home.
Instead of extolling the virtues of the GOP ticket in this year’s midterm elections, the twice-impeached former president launched a wide-ranging fight for the New York state attorney general who on Wednesday filed a $250 million lawsuit against him, his three oldest children and a host of companies, organizations and individuals associated with the real estate and licensing business of the same name, following a three-year civil investigation into allegations of fraud.
“There is no better example of the left’s chilling obsession with targeting political opponents than the baseless, abusive and corrupt lawsuit against me, my family, my company, by the racist New York State Attorney General. Leticia ‘Peekaboo’ James,” said Mr. Trump, who used a strange and until now unexplained nickname for the Empire State’s chief law enforcement officer.
Continuing, Mr Trump called the veteran lawyer a “raving maniac” who had no other goal but to “get him” and said he “knows nothing” about him despite having overseen a three-year investigation that revealed evidence that his companies systematically overstated the value of his properties to obtain loans and tax benefits.
Two days after Ms. James said the former president “engaged in years of illegal conduct to inflate his net worth … to defraud the banks and people of the great state of New York,” Trump derided her efforts as ” gross prosecutorial misconduct. This is part of an ongoing Democratic-led campaign to destroy him and his extremist political movement.
“It comes in so many different forms, whether it’s in Atlanta, whether it’s from Washington, whether it’s January 6th, it comes in many different forms,” he continued, rattling off a list of the myriad criminal investigations that have placed him in significant legal jeopardy as a result of his efforts to subvert the 2020 election and the accumulation of classified documents at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
The former president said that in a “just country,” the Justice Department would investigate Ms. James for what he described as “the egregious and malicious abuse of power” rather than looking into whether she broke any US law when she incited riots. mob and sent it to attack Capitol Hill in hopes of preventing Congress from certifying his defeat in the 2020 election or if he compromised US national security by hoarding top secret documents in a basement storage room at his Florida beach club .
“There’s never been a president who’s been through the mess I’ve been through,” he said, offering an accurate assessment of his situation without including the fact that any investigation into his conduct is based on multiple violations of U.S. and state law.
Referring to the Justice Department’s investigation into the improper storage of classified documents at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, the former president called the whole situation a “farce.”