New York’s attorney general wants to speed up the civil case against former President Donald Trump, his family and the Trump Organization, and set a trial date before the end of 2023.
In a court filing Thursday, Attorney General Letitia James said the Trumps have tried to delay the investigation into the alleged fraud.
“…Given that this action involves allegations of an ongoing scheme and conspiracy to obtain millions of dollars through fraudulent activity and that the defendants have repeatedly sought to delay the conclusion of the (Attorney General’s Office) investigation, it is imperative that this case move forward quickly,” the court said.
In the more than 200-page lawsuit filed earlier this month, James, a Democrat, alleged that the fraud touched every aspect of the Trump business, including his properties and golf courses. According to the lawsuit, the Trump Organization defrauded lenders, insurers and tax authorities by inflating the value of its assets using misleading appraisals.
The $250 million civil case was assigned to state Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, who has been overseeing the legal matters handling them, including subpoenas. The Attorney General’s Office argued that the case should remain before Engoron “for the sake of judicial economy”, as it has already been acquainted with the thousands of pages related to the case.
“He has overseen the development of the investigation that led to this enforcement proceeding for more than two years,” the AG’s office said. “Although the legal issues before Judge Engoron were related to the enforcement of investigative subpoenas, the factual issues overlapped almost entirely with the allegations in the complaint in this action.”
A lawyer for Trump and his company asked in a filing that the case be assigned to the court’s commercial division, saying the case meets the jurisdictional standards to be assigned there. Trumps has rejected all the accusations, calling the case a political mistake.