State Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday in a letter to the judge presiding over her case against his company, accusing former President Donald Trump of lying to the record.
In a letter to Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engolon, James’ attorneys said Trump and his attorneys falsely denied “facts admitted in other lawsuits” and made factual allegations “indeed to the best of their knowledge.” said he did not respond.
On Tuesday, James’ office also released a video of Trump’s fifth plea over 400 times in a deposition in the case.
James alleges that Trump and his children violated the law by continuously manipulating the value of his property to obtain loans, tax cuts, and other benefits.
In a six-page letter, James’ attorneys said, “Many of the denials are patently false and in fact contradict defendants’ affidavits in other lawsuits.
James’ office said it would ask Engolon to schedule a meeting to discuss the matter and would ask Engolon to impose sanctions.
The same judge last year sanctioned Trump for failing to meet a deadline, fined him $10,000 a day for nearly two weeks.
A judge ruled that the former president ignored a court-ordered deadline for filing documents.
“Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously.
Specifically, James took issue with objections from Trump’s lawyers regarding when he left the company for the White House. They disagreed with James’ characterization of Trump as remaining the “inactive president” of the Trump Organization.
According to James, Trump described himself as such in an affidavit in a Bronx lawsuit filed by activists protesting his immigration policies in October 2021.
“I was inactive when I was 1,600,” Trump said in a deposition, according to court transcripts. “I was an inactive president, and now I can say I’m active again.”
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Trump exercised his right to remain silent more than 400 times during taped depositions in James’ office in August.
In a video obtained by the Daily News through a Freedom of Information Act request, Trump said in testimony, “Anyone who does not accept the Fifth Amendment for my position is an idiot, an absolute idiot.”
“Slightly off-kilter statements or responses, such as ‘Today was a beautiful sunny day,’ can, by chance or mistake, come to the attention of law enforcement when in fact they were slightly overcast.”
The Attorney General’s attorney said Trump’s adult children and their attorneys also alternately deny and admit things.
They said Eric Trump denied it and said in the same case that Seven Springs purchased the building for $7.5 million in December 1995.
James’ civil lawsuit seeks $250 million and severely curtails Trump and his adult children’s business prospects in New York.
Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, did not respond to a request for comment.
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