Donald Trump lashes out after NY AG Letitia James files fraud lawsuit

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Former US President Donald Trump speaks about transgender athletes during the America First Agenda Summit at the Marriott Marquis hotel on July 26, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Former President Donald Trump attacked New York Attorney General Letitia James as “racist” and “grossly incompetent” in an indignant post on social media Thursday, a day after she filed a extensive fraud case against him and his family members.

Trump’s post about Twitter-like platform Truth Social called James “a terrible AG when it comes to protecting the people of New York State” and praised his Republican campaign rival, Michael Henry, as a “strong crime fighter.” He also shared a series of attacks on James from news sources and other social media accounts.

In addition, Trump posted several messages that appear to support the view that he should run for president again in the 2024 election cycle. One headline read: “Trump should announce his candidacy before the midterms.”

James announced one civil lawsuit Wednesday accusing Trumpthree of his adult children and some of his longtime business associates for submitting years of fraudulent financial statements to obtain various financial benefits. The 220-page civil lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court is seeking at least $250 million in damages.

She also said her office sent a criminal reference to the IRS and federal prosecutors in Manhattan to investigate possible federal crimes, including bank fraud and lying to financial institutions.

A spokeswoman for James’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s post.

Trump’s flurry of online posts came as he faces several other legal challenges, including a Justice Department criminal investigation that prompted FBI agents to raid his Florida home last month.

Wednesday, a federal appeals court sided with the DOJ over Trump. That allowed federal agents to resume their review of about 100 classified documents seized in the raid of the Palm Beach residence Mar-a-Lago.

Trump’s post about James was hardly his first salvo against the New York official who campaigned on one lift to investigate the then president. In a Truth Social post Wednesday afternoon, Trump denounced the new lawsuit as “another witch hunt by a racist attorney general,” referring to James, who is black.

But his latest attack on the AG came in a series of more than three dozen posts and reposts that alternately reinforced flattering articles about the former president and lashed out at some of his perceived political enemies.

He shared links from conservative news outlets with headlines like “Trump is the greatest man alive” and “History calls Donald Trump.” He also shared negative messages about various individuals, including Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, CNN host Don Lemon and others.

In a post, Trump took aim at his former Vice President Mike Pence as he once again falsely suggested that widespread fraud led to his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden. The message came in response to Parliament pass a bill to reform the election process, which Trump claimed proves Pence could have rejected states’ electoral votes for Biden, rather than allowing Congress to confirm them.

Trump also shared several messages that appear to support the view that he should run for president again in the 2024 election cycle.

Trump has suggested he is considering another White House bid, but has not formally announced a campaign. Still, on Thursday he reposted the conservative blog headlines “Trump is running,” “The Washington Establishment Fears A Second Term Trump” and “Donald Trump Must Be The 2024 Republican Nominee.”

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