Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz suggested that former President Donald Trump should move to have New York Attorney General Letitia James recused and disqualified from the investigation into Trump's business.
A Harvard Law professor emeritus, Dershowitz was making note of James' 2018 campaign proclamation that she would prosecute Trump when in office.
James has been investigating the Trump Organization, the former president, and his children. Her office filed a civil lawsuit against the Trumps and their company on Wednesday, which the former president decried as a politically motivated attack.
Dershowitz, a longtime criminal defense attorney, wondered why James and the attorney general's office are involved.
"Look, who are the people who were defrauded here, they claim? The biggest banks in the world. Why can't the biggest banks sue him and take care of themselves?' he asked on Thursday. "Why does Letitia James have to be out there protecting and defending the biggest banks in that country who haven't sued him at all? So this doesn't pass the test of a legitimate civil complaint, and I think they should challenge this vigorously."
Civil LawsuitOn Wednesday, James announced the filing of a mammoth, $250 million lawsuit against Trump's family and company for allegedly engaging in fraud by over-inflating the value of their properties.
“These acts of fraud and misrepresentation were similar in nature, were committed by upper management at the Trump Organization as part of a common endeavor for each annual Statement, and were approved at the highest levels of the Trump Organization—including by Mr. Trump himself,” according to the suit.
Other than the 45th president, his children Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump are also named as defendants in the suit. Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, and Jeff McConney, another executive, also were named in the complaint.