This was highly unexpected.
On Friday (May 27), New York Attorney General Letitia James was celebrating after a judge dismissed former President Donald Trump’s federal lawsuit, which allows the AG to continue investigating Trump’s business affairs.
Trump and the Trump Organization filed the lawsuit, which claimed James’ investigation violated their rights. However, citing case law that prevents federal judges from intervening in state-level investigations, Judge Brenda Sannes dismissed the case.
Responding to the ruling, James said in a statement: “In a big victory, a federal court has dismissed Donald Trump’s baseless lawsuit to stop my office’s investigation into his and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings.”
James added, “Frivolous lawsuits won’t stop us from completing our lawful, legitimate investigation.”
According to reporting by Washington Examiner, Trump’s attorneys plan to appeal the ruling.
Alina Habba, one of the attorneys on Trump’s team, questioned how James’ “egregious conduct and harassing investigation” wouldn’t “meet the bad faith exception to the Younger abstention doctrine.”
Friday’s ruling comes a day after an appeals court ruled Trump and his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, must testify in James’ investigation.
Thursday’s ruling is a result of a lawsuit Trump filed in December after James issued a subpoena. In his lawsuit, Trump said the investigation violated his constitutional rights and was politically motivated.