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LETTING GO: Donald Trump gives up attack on Attorney General

LETTING GO: Donald Trump gives up attack on Attorney General

PENALTY KICK: Letitia James hits Trump family with a big blow

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Donald Trump may never “get over,” as he says, New York Attorney General Letitia James’ successful cases against his company and Chief Financial Officer for tax fraud, but he’s apparently given up on forcing retribution through the court system and has withdrawn his lawsuit.

In November, as James pursued a case alleging that Trump’s company and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, had dodged taxes on a fancy private education for Weisselberg’s grandchildren, a company car, and a residence, Trump lashed out.

He announced that he had filed a lawsuit against James — who he assigns the racist nickname “Peekaboo” — and accused her of “attack[ing]” his business and ignoring other crimes.

His lawsuit accused her of “intimidation and harassment” and sought to prevent oversight of his trust, claiming that it is a private matter.

However, expressing concerns that Trump could move or hide funds, the state requested that the court order independent oversight of the former president’s finances — and it was granted.

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In December, the Trump Organization was found guilty on all counts, and was subsequently fined in the amount of $1.6 million, and Weisselberg was sentenced to 5 months in Rikers.

Now, a day after being hit (together with his attorneys) with nearly another $1 million in fines over abuse of the legal system, Trump has withdrawn his lawsuit, but he’s not happy about it. On Truth Social, he ranted:

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“I can’t get over the fact that a casualty of the greatest Witch Hunt of all time, Allen Weisselberg, my long time employee and chief financial officer, is sitting in a prison cell in Rikers Island for a type of case that has never been brought before in the history of our Country. He didn’t pay taxes on the use of a company car – does anyone? The use of a company apartment – does anyone? Or the Education of his grandchildren – Wow! Are these things really criminal, or even a crime?”

Contrary to Trump’s claims, tax evasion cases have been brought before, and yes, honest companies and employees pay taxes on employment benefits including housing and vehicles, as a matter of course.
His lawsuit was before the same judge, U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, who on Thursday handed down sanctions for Trump’s failed RICO case against Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, and on the same day warned that the lawsuit against James “appeared to verge on frivolous,” ABC reports.
In a further social media post, Trump griped more about the case and claimed, “Allen Weisselberg is a CRIME VICTIM, and so am I.”
Notably, what he did not announce on social media was his withdrawal of the lawsuit, although he announced the filing of it in November.
[Screenshot via Donald Trump/Truth Social]
Perhaps he didn’t feel voluntary surrender would meet the approval of his fans, after years of boasting about “winning.”
Stephanie Bazzle
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.

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