Next NY Attorney General Vows Probe into Donald Trump, ‘Anyone’ in His Circle

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James speaks during a news conference, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in New York. James will face off against Leecia Eve, an attorney who was an aide to Hillary Clinton and Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout, a professor at Fordham Law School, and congressman Sean Patrick Maloney …
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Incoming New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) vows to launch a widespread probe into President Donald Trump, members of his family, and “anyone” close to him suspected of breaking the law, according to a report.

“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” James told NBC News in an interview released Wednesday morning. “We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law.”

In an outline provided to NBC News, James highlighted several investigations her office plans to undertake next month:

Any illegalities involving Trump’s real estate holdings in New York, highlighting the October New York Times investigation into the president’s finances.

The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian official.

Examine government subsidies Trump received, which were also the subject of Times investigative work.

Whether he is in violation of the emoluments clause in the U.S. Constitution through his New York businesses.

Continue to probe the Trump Foundation.

James, who was endorsed by another Trump foe, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), has said she would like to see her state’s double jeopardy laws changed, enabling her to bring charges against individuals the president has pardoned whose wrongdoings were conducted in New York.

“I think within the first 100 days this bill will be passed,” the New York attorney general-elect said. “It is a priority because I have concerns with respect to the possibility that this administration might pardon some individuals who might face some criminal charges, but I do not want them to be immune from state charges.”

James, who defeated Republican rival Keith Wofford to become New York’s first black attorney general, has reportedly brought on Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch to assist with her transition activities, including the hiring of prosecutors with experience investigating matters similar to her future Trump-related probes.

“Taking on President Trump and looking at all of the violations of law I think is no match to what I have seen in my lifetime,” said James.


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