Former President Donald Trump has called for his ongoing civil fraud case in New York to be dismissed, calling it a “fake witch hunt” and a “sham.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed the action, accusing Trump and his family firm of misrepresenting asset values for loans and insurance. Trump denies all wrongdoing.
Trump’s attorneys said Wednesday that James’ inquiry was politically motivated and violated Trump’s constitutional rights, thus the case should be dismissed. They also said James had failed to prove Trump’s fraud.
“This is a baseless lawsuit brought by a corrupt Attorney General who is weaponizing her office to attack her political opponents,” Trump’s lawyers said in the statement. “This is a witch hunt, plain and simple, and we will not be intimidated.”
James’ office has not yet responded to Trump’s request to dismiss the case.
The case is scheduled to go to trial in October. If Trump is found guilty, he could face millions of dollars in fines and be banned from doing business in New York.
Experts say that Trump’s chances of getting the case dismissed are slim. James’ investigation has been going on for over two years, and she has amassed a significant amount of evidence against Trump. Additionally, the judge overseeing the case, Arthur Engoron, has already rejected several of Trump’s motions to dismiss the case.
However, Trump is known for his aggressive legal strategies, and he is likely to continue to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.