Letitia James

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Photographer: Gary Gershoff / Getty Images

President Donald Trump He reiterates his claim that the New York lawsuit alleging widespread financial abuse by his personal charity is politically motivated, citing comments made during the election campaign of New State Attorney General Letitia James .

The lawsuit filed in New York against the Donald J. Trump Foundation in June should be ruled out for comments by James and his predecessors Barbara Underwood and Eric Schneiderman, both harsh critics of Trump, said Trump's lawyer , Alan Futerfas, in documents filed last week in a Manhattan court.

James called Trump an "illegitimate president"In the months leading up to his November election and he's committed to" using all areas of law "to investigate the real estate mogul, his businesses and his family, according to the filing. statements of the three attorneys general "clearly express bias and animosity and constitute an illegitimate appearance of impropriety," wrote Futerfas.

A judge in November rejected Trump's earlier statement on political bias and rejected the president's request to dismiss the complaint. Futerfas cited James' remarks as "additional facts" that should be taken into account.

"Once again, the Trump Foundation is trying to distract attention from the real merits of this case, which is based on facts and the law," said James spokeswoman Delaney Kempner in a statement. . the argument that it is a political motivation and we are confident that justice will prevail. "

Underwood pursued The charity, claiming that the foundation was functioning as "little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's commercial and political interests." She cited half a dozen specific transactions that she said constituted a violation of state law, including the use of donated funds to resolve legal disputes. and to buy $ 10,000 portrait from Trump to an auction. It sought to temporarily ban the president, his daughter Ivanka, and his sons, Eric and Donald Jr., from sitting on the board of directors of any nonprofit organization in New York.

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