Trump calls New York the ‘Crime Capital of the World’ and says ‘racist’ state Attorney General Letitia James should ‘focus on saving the state’ rather than spending ‘millions’ on the ‘partisan’ investigation into his family
- The ex-president lashed out at James after also attacking her on Easter Sunday
- James has been at the helm of a years-long probe into Trump’s family business
- ‘This attorney general will not be bullied or intimidated by the former president,’ she said in a statement sent to reporters by her office
- Her office is investigating whether the Trump Organization deliberately presented misleading financial documents to obtain loans and make deals
- She claimed in a previous court filing they’ve been at it for more than a decade
- Trump’s Monday statement referenced a recent mass shooting on the subway in New York City’s Brooklyn borough that injured nearly two dozen people
- The suspect was charged in federal court, meaning he’s out of James’ purview
- Crime overall is rising in New York City compared to this time last year
Donald Trump is once again taking a swing at New York’s Attorney General Letitia James, suggesting on Monday that the Democrat official focus on ‘saving’ her state amid a rising crime wave rather than her high-profile tax fraud probe into his family business.
He sent out a bizarre Easter Sunday message directed at James as well, calling her ‘racist’ in both.
James said she ‘will not be bullied’ by Trump in a fiery reply on Monday afternoon.
‘With the horrible Subway Shootings and Violent Crime in New York being at an all-time high, where people are afraid to walk the streets, the racist and highly partisan Attorney General of New York State, failed Gubernatorial candidate Letitia James, should focus her efforts on saving the State of New York and ending its reputation as a Crime Capital of the World,’ Trump said through his Save America PAC.
He was likely referencing a mass shooting in New York City’s Brooklyn borough that saw 10 passengers wounded by gunfire on a subway train car and more than a dozen others injured in the ensuing chaos.
The suspect, Frank James, was charged in a federal court — meaning his case is out of the state attorney general’s jurisdiction.
But instead of focusing on crime in the Empire State, Trump accused James on Monday of spending ‘millions of dollars and utilizing a large portion of her office in going after Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization (for many years!), who have probably done more for New York than virtually any other person or group, including employing many wonderful people and paying millions and millions of dollars in taxes.’
New York Attorney General Letitia James (right) has a frequent target of attacks from Donald Trump (left) ever since her office launched a tex fraud investigation into his family real estate empire
Trump released a lengthy statement on Monday taking aim at James and calling her a ‘racist political hack’
He said of her probe, ‘This never-ending Witch Hunt must stop.’
‘We don’t need racist political hacks going after good, hardworking people for highly partisan political gain,’ the tirade continued.
‘The people of our Country see right through it all, and won’t take this Radical Left “sickness” anymore. Make New York Great Again!’
James responded less than two hours later, ‘Like all Americans, Donald J. Trump is entitled to defend himself in court.’
‘However, this attorney general will not be bullied or intimidated by the former president,’ she continued.
‘The courts have ruled time and time again that the office’s investigation into Mr. Trump and his financial dealings is legitimate and lawful, and Attorney General James will continue to follow the facts and the law wherever they may lead. Nothing will dissuade her from pursuing justice.’
Crime in New York City has been on the rise for months, a troubling pattern as city officials including Mayor Eric Adams look to welcome residents and tourists back to a normal way of life resembling pre-pandemic times.
A significant portion of blame has also befallen Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, with critics claiming his upheaval of certain city crime policies — including pivoting away from prosecuting minor offenses — have contributed to the rise in violent incidents.
Trump also knocked James for last week’s mass shooting in a Brooklyn, New York subway car. The suspect who police arrested in the matter has been charged in federal court, however, which is out of James’ purview
Overall crime in all of New York City is up 44.26 percent from this time last year, and 27 percent from this time in 2020, according to the New York Police Department’s most recently available data ending on April 10.
The number of shooting victims has risen by 9.3 percent from April 2021 and 70.4 percent from April 2020.
There have, however, been fewer murders reported so far this year — 103 in 2022 compared to 116 in 2021, an 11.2-percent drop.
Last year the city cut its longstanding ties with the Trump Organization over the former president’s responsibility in the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021.
James, who has been investigating whether the Trump family real estate empire has been deliberately misleading in financial documents in order to obtain favorable loans and other business deals, dropped out of this year’s New York governor’s race earlier this year.
The announcement came the same day her office subpoenaed the former president and his two eldest children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump.
All three have been waging a court battle against James to avoid sitting down with her prosecutors.
Trump mocked James for leaving the gubernatorial race in both his Monday and Sunday statements.
Trump’s second Easter statement mocked James for withdrawing from New York’s gubernatorial race. The first paid tribute to ‘Radical Left Maniacs’
‘Happy Easter to failed gubernatorial candidate and racist Attorney General Letitia James,’ he said through his Save America PAC on Sunday.
‘May she remain healthy despite the fact that she will continue to drive business out of New York while at the same time keeping crime, death, and destruction in New York!’
It’s not clear why Trump targeted James specifically in the back-to-back written attacks.
DailyMail.com has reached out to James’ office for comment.
Earlier this month, she accused Trump of deliberately missing a court-ordered deadline to produce documents relevant to her investigation. James in a court filing asked a judge to hold the ex-president in contempt and fine him $10,000 for every day he does not comply.
‘The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our subpoena and turn over relevant documents to my office,’ James said in a statement.
‘Instead of obeying a court order, Mr. Trump is trying to evade it. We are seeking the court’s immediate intervention because no one is above the law.’
Trump has lashed out at James’ probe as a politically motivated ‘witch hunt’ on numerous occasions, and also attacked Manhattan DA Bragg for a parallel criminal investigation he’s overseeing into the Trump Organization.
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